Grimly funny and casually cruel to its four subjects -- who, it must be admitted, bring it all upon themselves -- this fact-based expedition into the New York City dating scene is a blackly funny argument in favor of patching up your current
relationship. British filmmaker Nicholas Barker, trained as an anthropologist and once called "the most sadistic director in British television," found his leads through the personals and recruited them to enact thinly fictionalized versions of their own lives. Mad-at-the-world Michael de Stefano,
a 40-year-old only child driven by the need to carry on the family line, is desperate to get married. He thinks the trouble is that women won't date short men and that they spend too much time hanging out with gay guys, but the jagged waves of hostility he radiates probably have more to do with
it. Aging playboy Mickey Russo, a security director and aspiring screenwriter, lives in a Greenwich Village bachelor pad and doesn't date "mutts." His swinging Lothario routine is wearing thin, but that's not his problem: It's all those mutts who answer his ads. Aimee Copp, formerly of
Kansas, is a wryly funny, self-sufficient 28-year-old determined to get hitched before she's 30 and entirely unwilling to admit that her plus-size looks have to be factored in to her plans. Sassy Brenda Monte, a divorced mother and former lap dancer, is strapped for cash and actively gold-digging.
On the one hand the clearest eyed of the bunch about her goals and assets, she's also the most loopily self-deluded and freely candid about her insecurities: She's a SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER disco diva grown up and afraid of growing older. Barker intersperses their vignettes with coolly Edward
Hopper-esque shots of anonymous New Yorkers through their apartment windows. Ah, look at all the lonely people.
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: NR
- Review: Grimly funny and casually cruel to its four subjects -- who, it must be admitted, bring it all upon themselves -- this fact-based expedition into the New York City dating scene is a blackly funny argument in favor of patching up your current relationship.… (more)