Just One Time (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5

USA, 1999.  Alliance Atlantis Communications, Danger Filmworks.  Story by Lane Janger, Screenplay by Lane Janger, .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Based on a short film of the same name with the exact same cast, this one loses all momentum and charm now that it has been expanded into a feature film.  (star and director, and equally unlikeable as both) is a macho fire fighter whose big fantasy is to have sex with his fiancee () and another woman simultaneously: he insists that if she loves him she’ll do it just one time. She in return invites her gay neighbour () for a threesome, because if she can easily commit to it just once, so can he. Next thing Janger knows, he’s taking Diaz out on a date with his buddies, who are now having more fun dancing at gay bars than he is.   lends her usual beauty and warmth as a lesbian neighbour that Carter strikes up a friendship with, but the film only ever works in the small moments when Diaz is talking to firefighter :  his is the only character with the slightest bit of amiable humanity.  Otherwise, Janger is lazy and stupid, Carter is snobby and picky, Diaz is goofy, and the plot is an unbelievable daydream carried too far. On top of that, it’s boring.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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