All Over The Guy (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 2001.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Dan Bucatinsky, , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This bouncy romantic comedy would be a lot better if it didn’t mix in so many unlikable personalities with the attractive ones. Whiny, un-self-confident  (who also wrote the screenplay) allows himself to be set up on a date with a hunky, emotionally unavailable  by his best friend . The reason? Goldberg has fallen for the other guy’s best friend (), and the two of them think that if their two gay friends hit it off, maybe their own new relationship will have a chance.

Funny enough, the guy ‘n’ gal duo hit romantic paydirt immediately, while the two guys in the forefront have to go through some 1950s-style melodramatic emotional conflicts before they can ever find any loving nirvana of their own. You want so desperately to like these guys and be there for them, but Ruccolo’s character is relentlessly mean and Bucatinsky is far too wishy-washy; they give off the impression that the reason they can’t find a good boyfriend is because they need to get slapped around a little bit first. Excellent acting, especially by Alexander and Goldberg, plus cameos by Bucatinsky’s Opposite Of Sex co-stars  and (that film’s director, Don Roos, produces here).

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