Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2000. Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Gina Wendkos. Cinematography by Amir Mokri. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman. Music by Trevor Horn. Production Design by Jon Hutman. Costume Design by Marlene Stewart. Film Editing by William Goldenberg.
A good soundtrack and excellent hair design will never hide the fact that this film is less scholarly than a Playmate of the Month video. For the guys in the audience, it’s also less, shall we say, ‘rewarding’ than preview advertisements might promise. Piper Perabo hardly carries the film in the lead role of a young girl who moves from her tiny New Jersey town to the Big Apple in search of her dream of becoming a pop songwriter. The plot device of her songwriting dreams allows the filmmakers to dub Perabo’s voice (badly) with LeAnn Rimes to the tune of Diane Warren’s (sometimes good) songs, and then actually bring Rimes into the film in the last five minutes (our girl made it! She’s now writing for the girl she mysteriously sounds exactly like!) Perabo is deliciously pretty and has a great smile, but her acting is wobbly and kills a lot of credibility for the film. Supporting cast, particularly Maria Bello, do much in the way of effort.