Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB
USA, 1997. Village Art. Screenplay by Victor Mignatti. Cinematography by Michael Mayers. Produced by David Topel. Music by Elliot Sokolov. Production Design by Dina Goldman. Costume Design by Jill Kliber. Film Editing by Victor Mignatti.
Syrupy comedy-romance that is never funny or romantic enough to be tolerable. Cynthia (Mara Hobel), a social-climbing dreamer, and her best friend Marc (Michaël Lucas) move into a new apartment, looking for love and success while trying to pay the rent.
Cynthia keeps trying to call Tina Brown’s office and get a job with her because she doesn’t like the idea of “entry level”, while Marc has fallen madly in love with David, the boy in the next apartment who sings bad pop love songs by moonlight.
David turns out to be some manner of trouble, while Marc’s friend Robert (Aaron Williams) nurses a crush on Marc that he conceals while going after other men who aren’t up to his standards.
New York is the perfect setting for these kinds of witty ensemble comedies, but Victor Mignatti’s dialogue lacks bite and the characters are so self-centred that the climax, which aims to please, instead defies all logic.