Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Australia/USA, 1999. Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Hoyts Distribution, Outlaw Productions. Story by Rodney Patrick Vaccaro, Screenplay by Rodney Patrick Vaccaro, Aline Brosh McKenna. Cinematography by Walt Lloyd. Produced by Jeffrey Silver, Bettina Sofia Viviano. Music by Graeme Revell. Production Design by David Nichols. Costume Design by Vicki Graef. Film Editing by Stephen Semel.
Matthew Perry and Oliver Platt play struggling architects who have the chance of a lifetime come up when they are considered as candidates to build a huge complex for an egotistical millionaire (Dylan McDermott). After McDermott gets the mistaken impression that the two colleagues are gay, he enlists Perry to be the beard for his mistress (Neve Campbell) when she announces that she will be attending a function that will also be graced by the presence of his wife. Perry is aware of the misconception, but decides to go along with the gag because whatever gets him the job is okay by him. What he doesn’t expect, but we do, is that he will fall madly in love with the young woman and feel compelled to do something about it. Campbell is adorable in the lead, as frothy and effervescent as the film itself, and while it’s nothing to scream about, it distracts you well enough from beginning to end.