|Slap Her, She’s French!|
No, the plot is nothing particularly special, and the writers don't bother to be too terribly clever, resorting to the cheap laugh more often than not--usually obvious puns and corny innuendo. But the characters are hilarious, and very well played by a slightly second-string cast. Why are there no top-line actors here (besides McKean and possibly Perabo and James)? There's nothing wrong with these performers at all--they nail the characters perfectly--but all of them resemble much bigger stars, which is rather distracting and just makes us wish there had been bigger-named stars involved. (Where's Kirsten Dunst when we need her?) But never mind, this is a brainless comedy that at least keeps us laughing fairly steadily with wry observations and a vicious sense of humour. The story's main twist is so glaringly obvious from the beginning that we're not remotely surprised. And at least it's a diverting way to spend 90 minutes, even if we forget everything immediately when the lights come up. But with a tighter script and a more stellar cast this could have joined the pantheon of great teen comedies.
dir Melanie Mayron|
scr Lamar Damon, Robert Lee King
with Jane McGregor, Piper Perabo, Trent Ford, Matt Czuchry, Michael McKean, Jesse James, Julie White, Brandon Smith, Nicki Lynn Aycox, Alexandra Adi, Cristen Coppen, Tony Glenn
release UK 18.Oct.02; US 8.Nov.02
Slap her! But wait, is she actually French at all? Hmmm I wonder (McKean, McGregor and Perabo)...
|Nun, net: "Best. Movie. Ever." (1.Jan.04)|