The Whole Truth

  • 1992
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Romance

RASHOMON-style romantic comedy. Vanessa (Dyan Kane) is a buttoned-down Philadelphia architect. Dan (Dan Cohen) runs a magic shop and performs stand-up comedy once a week. Attractive opposites, they met through a dating service and dabbled in a dalliance. Now the results are being aired in open court, where Vanessa is suing Dan for sexual harassment. Their...read more

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RASHOMON-style romantic comedy. Vanessa (Dyan Kane) is a buttoned-down Philadelphia architect. Dan (Dan Cohen) runs a magic shop and performs stand-up comedy once a week. Attractive opposites, they met through a dating service and dabbled in a dalliance. Now the results are being aired in open court, where Vanessa is suing Dan for sexual harassment. Their differing recollections and interpretations make up the gist of this low-budget look at dating, memory and last-resort litigation. In illustrative flashbacks, Dan remembers his comedy act impressing her on their first date; Vanessa remembers a stone-faced audience who couldn't believe what a jerk they were seeing. Dan remembers discussing Eric Rohmer and other haute auteurs in his video collection; Vanessa remembers his copy of TRUCK STOP WOMEN. And like that. After she breaks up with him, Dan begins thinking he wasn't trying hard enough to show his feelings, so he starts dropping in on her at work and inundating her with letters and phone messages. Cutesy romantic or obsessed stalker? The whole truth, to use the courtroom phrase, likely lies somewhere in-between — but since neither character is particularly likable, it's hard to care. Writer, co-director and executive-producer Cohen (not be confused with the writer of the same name who's worked for TV's Frasier and other shows) has a low-key, narcissistic screen persona in the Albert Brooks vein; as a writer, his observations offer occasional charm and insight. The well-poised Kane is otherwise the only professional in the cast of this reportedly $185,000 effort, shot in Cohen's native Lancaster, PA and shown at festivals in 1991 before getting a small theatrical release the following year and, oddly, trade-paper reviews the year after that.

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  • Released: 1992
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: RASHOMON-style romantic comedy. Vanessa (Dyan Kane) is a buttoned-down Philadelphia architect. Dan (Dan Cohen) runs a magic shop and performs stand-up comedy once a week. Attractive opposites, they met through a dating service and dabbled in a dalliance. N… (more)

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