dir-scr David Kane
with Craig Ferguson, Jane Horrocks, Adrian Lester, Catherine McCormack, Jimi Mistry, David Morissey, Olivia Williams, Hermoine Norris, Ian Hart, John Thomson, Paddy Considine, Kenneth Cranham
release UK 9.Mar.01; US 28.Sep.01
|Review by Rich Cline
All of the story threads are woven together with skill and style by Kane, who keeps us laughing (and sighing) from start to finish, throwing in some great salsa music along the way. There's nothing too demanding about the story, and nothing terribly insightful or original either, but it's so charming that we hardly mind. The actors fairly coast through their roles, leaving the subtext behind in lieu of comedy shtick and romantic shenanigans. It doesn't look particularly good, and the salsa scenes are directed with an astonishing lack of energy. But all of the plot threads are expertly edited to keep us right with the characters, even though the finale is slightly manipulative and sickly sweet. Still, it's bright and funny and completely undemanding. Great cast. Zingy humour. Cute love stories. There are worse ways to spend 100 minutes.
[15--adult themes and situations, language] 16.Nov.00 lff
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