Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/France, 2002. Gaumont, Gaumont Production, Fabulous Films, Process Media. Screenplay by Eric Pomerance. Cinematography by Tom Richmond. Produced by Fabien Liron, Tim Perell. Music by Stephen Endelman. Production Design by Sharon Lomofsky. Costume Design by Laura Jean Shannon. Film Editing by Elizabeth Kling.
Cute romantic comedy that is buoyed by Monica Potter‘s first-rate lead performance. Lucy is viciously dumped by her seemingly perfect boyfriend (Craig Bierko), then goes on five dates with different guys throughout the course of the year. Next thing we know, she’s getting married, but to find out which is the lucky guy we have to flash back and forth between all five dates in Sliding Doors fashion. There’s a charming, unlucky entomologist (John Hannah) who catches Lucy on a depressive drunken spree, a sexy Latino playwright (Gael Garcia Bernal) with whom things get carnal very quickly, a rough-mannered ex-baseball player (Anthony LaPaglia) who talks too loud at a Vivaldi concert, a quirky but sweet software store manager (Henry Thomas) who likes her weird parents (Harold Ramis, Julie Christie) and a wealthy and successful doctor (David Boreanaz) who shares a sunny vacation in Miami with her. All five dates are rife with bouncy dialogue and charming characters, and it is Potter’s incredible charisma that ties the whole thing up in a tidy bow. Lots of fun, the kind of movie you want to watch when you’re in the mood for something breezy but secretly also want to be surprised with quality.