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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

By MICHAEL NORDINE
There's little doubt Roman Coppola had Charlie Sheen in mind when writing A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, and not just because their names sound alike. Coppola's first film since 2001's CQ charts the breakup-spurred freakout of a graphic designer (Sheen) given to daydreams, in which he rescues damsels in distress and observes devastated onlookers at his imagined funeral. This dream logic leads him from one oddball scenario to the next, and the constant run-ins with friends played by the likes of Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray lend a sense of whimsy to the already nostalgic, ’70s-set milieu. This at once feeds into and deconstructs the Sheen persona; it also serves as a welcome reminder that when he's not busy “winning” or having a public meltdown, the man is a charismatic onscreen presence. The result—which is something of a vanity project by design if not necessity— isn't quite on the level of I'm Still Here in terms of its celebrity-confessional stylings, but there’s more honesty to it than there was to the one-man “My Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour Sheen embarked on two years ago.
 

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  • Release Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Critic's Score: B-
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