Despite a liberal dose of full frontal nudity, The Canyons fails to fully revel in its sleaze, struggling to even work as a deadpan satire on the kind of vacuous and deadened Hollywood types Easton Ellis brought to life in the pages of his debut novel, Less Than Zero. Save for a brief scene towards the finale, there isn't much of a sense that Lohan is bringing her personal baggage to the part (a true subversion would see her cast once again in an innocuous family film). Meanwhile, Deen's (presumed) porn star persona doesn't translate to legit cinema, and it's hard to feel either repulsed or disturbed by his character's sociopathic tendencies. At one stage, Tara bemoans her current predicament to a friend: "At the time I was board and needed something to do. Now I'm looking for something else." Watching The Canyons, there is the feeling that those lines echoed the sentiments of Schrader and Easton Ellis midway through production.