Hotel De Love

Like several recent Australian films ( MURIEL'S WEDDING, STRICTLY BALLROOM, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT et al.), this romantic comedy is loud, exaggerated, often out of control and drenched in '70s pop, including "Baby I'm-a Want You," "I Honestly Love You" and "Love Will Keep Us Together." The tale involves twin brothers Rick (Aden...read more

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Like several recent Australian films ( MURIEL'S WEDDING, STRICTLY BALLROOM, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT et al.), this romantic comedy is loud, exaggerated, often out of control and drenched in '70s pop, including "Baby I'm-a Want You," "I Honestly

Love You" and "Love Will Keep Us Together." The tale involves twin brothers Rick (Aden Young) and Stephen (Simon Bossell) who love the same girl, Melissa (Saffron Burrows) it takes place in the titular hotel, a riot of smarmy, purportedly romantically themed rooms: "Garden of Eden," "Arabian

Nights," "Subterranean Seduction" and the like. The lads' eternally warring parents (Ray Barrett and Julia Blake), about to celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary, complete the farcical elements. Young plays self-described shallow twin Rick as a devilishly handsome charmer, while Bossell brings

an excess of quivering, calf-eyed sensitivity to the role of Stephen. Burrows is pretty and suitably confused, which is about the sum total of what's asked of her. Blake and Barrett, by contrast, are a nightmare: She's shrill, he seems catatonic, and their "comic" spats aren't. Writer/director

Craig Rosenberg is no master of subtlety -- in fact, he seems to have only two settings, whacking excess and treacly pathos -- and the film is awash in ponderous whimsy. In addition to the garish setting and the parents' icky-sticky relationship (complete with cooing resolution), there's a

distinct surfeit of madcap brides and impotent fiancés.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Like several recent Australian films ( MURIEL'S WEDDING, STRICTLY BALLROOM, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT et al.), this romantic comedy is loud, exaggerated, often out of control and drenched in '70s pop, including "Baby I'm-a Want You,"… (more)

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