Tag Archives: Stephen Dorff
1987. 88 minutes. Rated PG-13.
“Demons aren’t gonna ring the doorbell!”
The Gate taught me some very valuable things: have a friend that listens to European death metal, always carry a gift of love, and NEVER see this hairstylist.
Nothing much really happens in this slice of life pic. Actor Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) has an endless string of wine, women and song in between gigs to abate his boredom, but when his ex decides she needs a break and sends their tweenage daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) to live with him for a bit. He curbs his behavior, swapping twosomes with pole dancers with guitar hero and homemade eggs benedict (his kid makes an amazing hollandaise, I’m jealous) and brings his daughter with him to Milan to promote his new film. Their time together grows increasingly less stilted, and when it’s time for her to leave for summer camp, Dad has an epiphany about the Meaning of Life.