Movie review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

By Columbus Alive
From the February 28, 2013 edition

Sometimes I get lost in my mind. Like, really, really lost. And I think most of you would probably find it pretty confusing in there. Fortunately for you, I haven’t decided to turn it into a movie starring Charlie Sheen — at least not yet.

Roman Coppola, on the other hand, made “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” which might make a little more sense, but I can’t quite recommend that you spend much time there either.

Sheen plays Swan, a hard-drinking, womanizing graphic designer who is thrown into an existential crisis by a breakup with a beautiful woman. Hint: The glimpse inside shows his head is obsessed with sex.

This is the second feature directed by Coppola. His first, 2001’s “CQ,” features a blurb from The New York Times that says simply “Winning!” so the Sheen casting seems predestined.

Sheen’s performance is lopsided, with moments that hint there’s a great performance in there and moments where his casting seems like a stunt.

There’s some stylish filmmaking, but the disjointed narrative isn’t just inventively surreal; it’s rambling. Worst of all? This film wastes the talents of Bill Murray in a bit part.