Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1997. Joel Castleberg Productions. Screenplay by Noah Baumbach. Cinematography by Steven Bernstein. Produced by Joel Kastelberg. Music by Robert Een, Luna. Production Design by Anne Stuhler. Costume Design by Janie Bryant. Film Editing by J. Kathleen Gibson. Toronto International Film Festival 1997.
Owing to some relationship experiences as a teenager, substitute teacher Eric Stoltz is unable to love his new girlfriend (Annabella Sciorra) without being constantly jealous of her. His complex reaches a high point when her ex-boyfriend (Chris Eigeman) becomes a successful, published novelist and Stoltz joins his therapy group to get to know what he perceives as a nemesis better. Meanwhile, their best friends Carlos Jacott and Marianne Jean-Baptiste are engaged and experiencing complications before the wedding. Though Noah Baumbach’s screenplay offers nothing new to the romantic comedy genre that hasn’t been done before, the film is an enjoyable treat with likable characters and easy rapport between all the actors. Sciorra has never been more lovingly adorable, and Stoltz’s quirky-guy personality never more bearable.