Mildly likable but wholly forgettable, PLAN B contains a few good, character-derived moments. The programmatic scenario involves a group of friends dealing with lives that aren't going the way they had hoped.
At their modest house in suburban LA, Jack (Lance Guest) and Clare Sadler (Lisa Darr) host a Halloween party. Their guests include Jack's longtime friends Stuart Winer (Jon Cryer) and Ricky Stone (Mark Mathiesen), and Clare's sister Gina (Sara Mornell). Stuart is an aspiring writer who has just
completed the manuscript of a book calculated to be a best seller. Ricky is an aspiring actor with an eye for women. Gina has a successful sales career but is obsessed with finding a mate. And Jack and Clare having been trying for months to get pregnant.
In the ensuing weeks, Ricky gets a part in a major TV commercial, while Jack (who teaches flying in his small plane) learns that poor eyesight will prevent him from his dream of being a commercial pilot. When the five friends gather for Thanksgiving, they are joined by Gina's latest date, heavy
metal musician Flash (Ilia Volokh). As do most of her dates, he leaves before the end of the party. Jack finds financial success turning his plane into a flying honeymoon suite. Stuart, desperate that he can't get a publisher for his novel, takes it to a vanity press. And Ricky fails to get a big
part he auditioned for.
At Christmas, Gina shows up with a new date, Marie (Claudia Carey). Clare is distraught when she finds out that she is not pregnant, as she had thought. Ricky collapses and nearly dies of an ulcer he has been hiding from his friends. At the hospital, Stuart and Clare confess a mutual attraction,
one they act on at the Sadler's New Year's Eve party, where the hosts announce they have decided to adopt a child. Stuart starts a new novel, written from the heart rather than the pocketbook.
If not for occasional splotches of dialogue in which the characters discuss sex (how they like it, what they fantasize about when they masturbate, what they look for in a partner), PLAN B could be a Disney movie. There's nothing particularly wrong with it; it just doesn't have enough of an edge to
remain in the viewer's memory. The performers are all likable but unchallenged, with little to do but react as any decent people would be expected to do in these circumstances. A few gay stereotypes might be enough to tilt some viewers toward active dislike, but it hardly seems worth the trouble.
Copyrighted in 1996, PLAN B was released to home video in 1998. (Sexual situations, adult situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: Mildly likable but wholly forgettable, PLAN B contains a few good, character-derived moments. The programmatic scenario involves a group of friends dealing with lives that aren't going the way they had hoped. At their modest house in suburban LA, Jack (La… (more)