Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Canada, 1999. British Columbia Film, CITY-TV, Government of British Columbia Film Incentive BC Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund, , Rave Film, Rogers Telefund, Téléfilm Canada, WIC Entertainment. Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by Sharon McGowan. Music by Graeme Coleman. Production Design by David Roberts. Costume Design by Brad Gough. Film Editing by Alison Grace.
A delightful romantic comedy that has more substance than is at first apparent, featuring Anne Wheeler’s warm direction combined with appealing performances, bright and sunny cinematography and a charming script full of lovable characters. Maggie is single and works at a bookstore, living on the couch in the back of the store until she finds her own place. Her mom () calls to tell her that she is getting a divorce and coming to visit Maggie, forcing our girl to find a new home fast. That same day she also meets the love of her life, a gorgeous street artist who has just driven her van into town and, thanks to meeting Maggie, might stick around for a while. All this is great except that mom doesn’t know that daughter is gay, which makes the existence of a giant bunch of dildos and vibrators that the owner of the apartment Maggie is subletting all that much more awkward to explain. A subplot with as a transgendered friend and his love affair with a frustrated store owner (novelist ) beset by Canadian government censorship is lovely, and Crewson’s performance is a work of art. Terrific little comedy that sticks around just long enough to brighten up your day and leave you smiling.