A Slipping-Down Life
Evie Decker (Lili Taylor) is a young woman living in a small town and steeped in depression. She longs to get out of her “funk” but can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. One summer evening, Evie hears local musician Drumstrings Casey (Guy Pearce) in a radio interview and immediately feels as though she’s known him her whole life. A glimmer of hope sparkles in Evie’s eyes as she begins to follow the singer on his nightly gigs throughout the small town. This sensible, responsible woman becomes obsessed with a rocker. During one of the concerts, Evie does something drastic, causing the crowd to panic and grabbing Drumstrings’ attention. Intrigued by Evie’s actions, Drumstrings desires to pursue this young woman and finds himself deeply drawn to her. Evie reciprocates, and the two embark on a challenging journey, experiencing the joys and sorrows of a unique relationship.
After being made in 1999, A Slipping-Down Life is only now being distributed to theaters, a clue that movie executives aren’t expecting much from this one. Evie and Drumstrings stay together in their relationship in the midst of difficult circumstances and their extremely different personalities. In one standout scene, Evie uses a piece of glass to carve “CASEY” into her forehead. The film accurately depicts what is generally seen in abnormally dysfunctional relationships, but it lacks healthy, positive content with substance. A Slipping-Down Life is for adult audiences.