Chris Pine Stinks Up Toronto 2023 With His Dreadful, Unfunny Directorial Debut, Poolman


On paper, Poolman sounds like a win. Chris Pine, still the “Best Chris” in my book, steps behind the camera for the first time to direct a story that’s one part The Big Lebowski, and one part Chinatown. Stop right there, I’m in. Then you learn that Pine’s original film, Poolman, follows a character that he created while riffing on ideas with Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins, and will act as Pine’s love letter to Los Angeles, and all the delightful weirdos who hail from Southern California and grew up in and around the Hollywood industry. Again, sounds perfect. Poolman was my most anticipated movie of the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival. But man, did it disappoint, and have me questioning whether Pine should be trusted with another original idea on film again. 

Poolman, much like Chinatown (the movie it blatantly and deliberately steals from), is a Film Noir that involves political corruption in Los Angeles that’s tied to the city’s water supply. Literal plot points are cribbed directly from Roman Polanski’s masterpiece. I guess if you are going to copy a film, Chinatown is an excellent source from which to steal. Only, Poolman’s lead character couldn’t be further from Jack Nicholson’s debonaire Jake Gittes. Instead, Pine plays Darren Barrenman, an optimistic bohemian who lives in a camper parked on the edge of the apartment-complex pool to which he has dedicated his life to keeping clean. 

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