To completely believe BUFFALO 66's premise one must take away most of their logic and then allow for the absurd to happen. And even then maybe one might enjoy this overrated Vincent Gallo, who co-wrote, stars and directed, vehicle which became a festival favorite throughout '98.Newly released on DVD and video, BUFFALO tells of a young man Billy (Gallo) who made a bad bet and ended up in prison for five years. By the time he gets out the only thing he has on his mind is seeking revenge on the man responsible for his incarceration.
First though, Billy decides to visit dear old dysfunctional mom and dad but needs someone to play the wife he has been lying to them he had for years. He stumbles upon Layla (Christina Ricci) who willingly agrees to play his wife after he kidnaps her and threatens her life. Many a time Layla gets opportunity after opportunity to escape.
She never does.
Either Gallo is trying to suggest she likes Billy from the start which would be ridiculous unless she goes for the rough and abusive type or Gallo failed to pay attention to his own script while directing BUFFALO and in turn did his story no justice.
Scene after scene Gallo leaves gapping holes consistently absent of any logic. And in Eric Schaeffer fashion, writer/director/star Gallo is guilty of his own self-indulgence. Loads of unnecessary dialogue is splayed out by Gallo as he gratifies himself onscreen with loads of redundancy.
On and on Gallo goes when he'll stop nobody knows. Giving Gallo credit in his directorial debut, BUFFALO 66 isn't unwatchable, it just has too many problems to be a worthy two hours of one's precious time. And sadly most of the problems could have been omitted with an extra polish on the script.The DVD special features include the theatrical trailer, production notes and the cast and filmmakers. No commentary for this one. Good thing BUFFALO 66 already has enough talking to go around.-- Pamela Harland