Talk To Me

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Romance

Writer-director George Esguerra knows a good conceit when he sees one, and we've all seen this one a few times before: Two ultramodern city-dwellers find anonymous pillow talk via a phone-sex party line a lot easier to handle than the real thing. Betty (Cheryl Clifford) is fed up with the pressures of blind-dating: She never knows what to say and is tired...read more

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Writer-director George Esguerra knows a good conceit when he sees one, and we've all seen this one a few times before: Two ultramodern city-dwellers find anonymous pillow talk via a phone-sex party line a lot easier to handle than the real thing. Betty (Cheryl Clifford)

is fed up with the pressures of blind-dating: She never knows what to say and is tired of being judged before her prospective Romeo can get to know the real her. Betty also hasn't had sex in nine months, so on a whim she dials the Universe of Love tele-dating service (that's 1-900-LOVE), through

which she meets Arnold (Peter Welch), a guarded, 32-year-old architect who also has a few problems chatting up the opposite sex. Arnold likes Betty's no-nonsense style, and after a round of graphic phone sex, the two begin to expose even more or themselves--mixing truths with lies in a way they

never could face to face. It's a story very similar to that of DENISE CALLS and 1-900 -- recent films in which lonelyhearts communicate solely through the telephone, but never actually meet. The big problem with Esguerra's film is that Betty and Arnold eventually do risk a real date, and what

would have made a fine climax to an intriguing short film, drags on and loses itself in a disappointing non-ending. Still, the cast of relative unknowns is certainly willing, ready and able, and the dialogue--which makes or breaks a film like this--is engaging, if sometimes a little goofy when it

tries to be naughty. Just what, for instance, is one to make of a line like: "The bulge in my pants in unbearable!"?

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Writer-director George Esguerra knows a good conceit when he sees one, and we've all seen this one a few times before: Two ultramodern city-dwellers find anonymous pillow talk via a phone-sex party line a lot easier to handle than the real thing. Betty (Ch… (more)

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