The up-and-down love lives of six collegians are chronicled in LOVELIFE, a direct-to-video release that benefits from the talents of its ensemble cast, but suffers from a very pedestrian plot.
Danny (Matthew Letscher), Amy (Carla Gugino), and Zoey (Saffron Burrows) are all graduate students at an unidentified university. One of their professors is Alan (Jon Tenney), a narcissistic ass who's worshipped by his bartender girlfriend, Molly (Sherilyn Fenn). Danny is dating Zoey, who's
visiting from Britain on a fellowship. He wants to fix Amy up with his friend Tim (Peter Krause), a reclusive oddball, but she resists because she is secretly in love with Danny.
Zoey begins an affair with Alan. After a time, she dumps Danny, and he quits school. Bruce (Bruce Davison), a divorced professor with an unprofessional interest in Molly, convinces her to take his script writing class. Amy confesses her feelings to Danny, who is still hung up on Zoey. Alan
confesses his affair to Molly, prompting her to move out and land on Bruce's doorstep. Amy and Tim run into each other at a restaurant and subsequently start dating. When Danny learns that Zoey is now with Alan, he decides to pursue Amy, but it's too late. Because she isn't a doormat like Molly,
Zoey and Alan fight constantly and soon break up. Molly jumps at the chance to get back with Alan, and leaves Bruce.
Several months pass. Zoey returns to Europe. Molly comes to her senses, leaves Alan, and moves back in with Bruce. Danny returns to school and renews his friendship with Amy, and since she and Tim have broken up, romance between Amy and Danny is now a definite possibility.
Written and directed by Jon Harmon Feldman, LOVELIFE is a pleasant enough little feature, but one without anything especially compelling to recommend it. With seven characters busy playing romantic tag, none are too well developed. Unfortunately, most of LOVELIFE's "young adults" appear to be
thirtysomethings making their confusion about life and immaturity about love a little pathetic, and a little less enjoyable to watch than Feldman probably intended. The characters come across simply as talkative, overeducated, white individuals who actually have very little to say--making one
think of the similarly directionless feature KICKING AND SCREAMING (1995). Both that film and LOVELIFE are decidedly inferior attempts to traffic in the territory staked out by Whit Stillman's METROPOLITAN (1990).
Feldman did succeed in attracting good talents to the project. Sherilyn Fenn is known from the television series "Twin Peaks," Carla Gugino and Matthew Letscher scored high profile supporting roles in 1998 releases (SNAKE EYES and THE MASK OF ZORRO, respectively), and Bruce Davison was nominated
for an Oscar for LONGTIME COMPANION (1990). (Profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: The up-and-down love lives of six collegians are chronicled in LOVELIFE, a direct-to-video release that benefits from the talents of its ensemble cast, but suffers from a very pedestrian plot. Danny (Matthew Letscher), Amy (Carla Gugino), and Zoey (Saffro… (more)