Two Ninas

A likeable, if somewhat whitebread, farce in the Woody Allen mode about love in the big city. Aspiring Gen-Y writer Marty Sachs (Ron Livingston) hasn't, as he euphemistically puts it, had a date in nearly a year. Suddenly, "meet cute" lightning strikes not once, but twice. First Marty and wise-cracking Nina Cohen (Cara Buono) bond at a party over...read more

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A likeable, if somewhat whitebread, farce in the Woody Allen mode about love

in the big city. Aspiring Gen-Y writer Marty Sachs (Ron Livingston) hasn't, as

he euphemistically puts it, had a date in nearly a year. Suddenly, "meet cute"

lightning strikes not once, but twice. First Marty and wise-cracking Nina

Cohen (Cara Buono) bond at a party over — among other things — Bill

Murray dialogue from CADDYSHACK. Then, days later, Marty crashes into a cab

being exited by the blonde-on-blonde Nina Harris (Amanda Peet); romantic

sparks start to fly as soon as Marty gets out of traction. Unable to choose

between the two women, he juggles dates with both for several months until,

inevitably, they meet and the hapless Marty gets his comeuppance (temporary,

of course). Writer/director Neil Turitz's script contains many good lines,

many of them spoken by Bray Poor, who plays the film's Greek Chorus-like

narrator. The actors are appealing, and it's refreshing to see a comedy about

young adults who aren't in perpetual hormonal overdrive. Make no mistake, this

isn't a Jean Renoir film: A certain emotional wisdom notwithstanding, it has the soul of a TV sitcom. A superior TV sitcom, but a sitcom nonetheless. It

is, however, worth observing that the obvious differences between the two

girls — notably their religion and ethnicity — are at no time

remarked about; depending on your point of view, this is either a flagrant

cop-out on Turitz's part or evidence of some social progress.

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  • Released: 2001
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A likeable, if somewhat whitebread, farce in the Woody Allen mode about love in the big city. Aspiring Gen-Y writer Marty Sachs (Ron Livingston) hasn't, as he euphemistically puts it, had a date in nearly a year. Suddenly, "meet cute" lightning strike… (more)

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