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On the Edge (2001)





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... The Dean (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Sydney Tamiia Poitier ... Hannah (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Beverly D'Angelo ... Bag Lady (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Christopher Lloyd ... Attorney Bum (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
David Hyde Pierce ... Barney (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Caroline Rhea ... Monica (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Jenica Bergere ... Sally (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Ken Hudson Campbell ... Security Guard (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage) (as Ken Campbell)
Roman Danylo ... Donald (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Kimiko Gelman ... May Lee Ha (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Jean Kasem ... Nurse (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Taylor Negron ... Policeman (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Travis Wester ... Chute Boy (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Dondre Whitfield ... Man in Elevator (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)
Marissa Jaret Winokur ... Dean's Secretary (segment "Happy Birthday") (archive footage)


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Tales that will take you to the edge... if you dare...


Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

28 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atitudes Extremas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Edited from Reaching Normal (2001) See more »

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At least in three out of four!
23 December 2002 | by Cipher-JSee all my reviews

Not a feature, but three short stories loosely connected by a fourth. All share a common theme of examining relationships, but these are not "normal" relationships. Males are typically portrayed as angst-ridden, overly controlling stereotypes, in the context of society, business, or science, gone wrong, while it is a woman who becomes the healer, bringing them back to a deeper appreciation of relationships and social values. But this is the "Outer Limits" take on the yin-yang debate, and the stories-within-a-story tend to have a Twilight Zone quality.

Actually, each of the sub-stories is good enough to stand on its own, and none of them benefits from being connected to the forth. The fourth one tries to "set us up" for them with all the subtlety and eloquence of near "Mystery Science Theatre" hokum, which tends to be more distracting than helpful. Its characters are cartoonish and its storyline an obvious contrivance. We learn nothing from the connecting story to justify its inclusion, and hence we are left "on the edge" of missing the point of the much better stories it attempts to link together.

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