Everyone in LOVER'S LEAP speaks in the hushed, confidential manner of salespeople in cosmetics infomercials. Unlike the hard-sell ads, soft-spoken makeup pitches seductively whisper to the audience in presumed-confidential tones. Here, the actors are selling sex to the
viewer--therapeutic, homogenized, prettified sex for the masses. This is less a movie than a "sex-mercial" with dramatic interruptions.
Tired of his clinging attitude and sexual timidity, provocative Johanna (Carrie Westcott) begs for a time-out from her callow lover Nick (Michael Jay). Meanwhile, Nick's estranged father, Alex (Moe Justini), resents the efforts of his brother/architectural partner, Charlie (Craig Stepp), to get
him dates after the death of Alex's wife. Alex quits the family firm and heads to recuperate at Charlie's mountain getaway, which is near to where Johanna is vacationing. Left behind is Charlie's buxom neighbor, Billie (Fawna MacLaren), who can't believe that Alex has already tired of their
Instantly attracted when they meet at a bar, Johanna and Alex spend the night together. But when she can't handle her guilt over Nick, Johanna sneaks away, never learning that she has just slept with his father. Possessive Nick spies on Johanna, accompanied by Billie. Alex is overjoyed when Nick
tries to patch up their relationship, but stunned when he introduces him to his girlfriend, Johanna. Horrified at learning of Alex and Johanna's affair, Nick heads to nearby Lover's Leap to kill himself. But Alex convinces Nick not to jump, and Johanna does her part to mend the rift between father
and son by walking out of both their lives.
For a film about women scorned and misplaced Oedipal modifiers, LOVER'S LEAP is remarkably tame. Sort of a smuttier Harlequin romance, this protracted sex opera is devoid of suspense, eroticism, and human interest. It is recommended only to voyeurs who relish the sight of well-toned bodies in
flagrante delicto and bad-film connoisseurs, who may get a kick out of Billie trying to smother Alex with her libido. Aside from her bodacious scenes, the film is awash in characters tiresomely bemoaning their unrequited loves. Of all the principals simulating intercourse, only Moe Justini
climaxes with any abandon; this flick could have used five guys named Moe. (Violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: Everyone in LOVER'S LEAP speaks in the hushed, confidential manner of salespeople in cosmetics infomercials. Unlike the hard-sell ads, soft-spoken makeup pitches seductively whisper to the audience in presumed-confidential tones. Here, the actors are selli… (more)