(out of 5)
Adults sabotaging perfectly good relationships with stubborn hangups is the focus of Tom DiCillo’s heartfelt romantic comedy/drama. A struggling actor (Matthew Modine) pounds the New York City pavement between days waiting tables, trying to get a foothold in a career that has dogged him for years. His frustrated girlfriend (Catherine Keener) has decided to take a self-defence course to deal with the sexual harassment she faces in her day-to-day life. The supermodel (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) she does hair and makeup for is in love with Modine’s actor friend (Maxwell Caulfield), but like every other time she gives her heart to a man, she’s in danger of losing everything to someone who only wants what’s on the outside. A host of excellent supporting roles also appear, including a stunning Daryl Hannah as a soap opera actress, Kathleen Turner as a cutthroat talent agent and an awkward but pleasantly sweet Elizabeth Berkley as Madonna’s body double in a video Modine gets hired to appear in. The central relationship between Modine and Keener is the film’s best asset, however, and they both shine. This is one of the more involving entries in the New-York-witty-conversation genre.
Directed by Tom DiCillo
Screenplay by Tom DiCillo
Cinematography by Frank Prinzi
Music by Jim Farmer
Production Design by Christopher Nowak
Costume Design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser