A scrappy, loopily ambitious comedy of L.A. manners and mores undermined by a scattered script and some very amateurish acting, this complicated comedy-drama revolves around the disparate bunch of roommates who share a handsome house in the Hills.
Mild-mannered Kevin (Smith Forte) is the putative owner, but he's just one missed mortgage payment away from losing his investment. And while Mom helped out with the down payment, she's not going to bail him out: She wants Kevin to get married and start having children -- he's gay, as anyone else
would know -- and heartily disapproves of his freewheeling lifestyle. Wendy (Erika Klein) is a punk rocker who's probably had more men in her bed than at any of her shows; bisexual go-go boy Andy (Robert Pecora) is fooling around with married neighbor Gloria (Marina Palmier); and college student
Vince (Koing Kuach) is experimenting with cross-dressing and pining for Gloria's son Ramon (Antonio Rosas), who's caught up the culture of gang-banging machismo. And then there's late roommate Tom (Dan Frank), an all-around creep who was sleeping with both Wendy and Kevin and appears to have
fallen down a flight of stairs while drunk. Or was he pushed? And what's up with pudgy new roommate Ben (Mark S. Larson), who claims to work at a bank but spends a lot of time at home snooping? You really want to like a movie that's trying so hard to entertain everyone: Near-naked go-go
boys and steamy sex scenes on the one hand, contrived misunderstandings and sufficient subplots for a whole season of prime-time soap opera on the other -- there's even a baby. But first-time writer/director Doug Witkins has too many balls in the air: The film's tone swings erratically from sitcom
smarminess to melodramatic hokum, and too many problems are solved with a hug.
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: NR
- Review: A scrappy, loopily ambitious comedy of L.A. manners and mores undermined by a scattered script and some very amateurish acting, this complicated comedy-drama revolves around the disparate bunch of roommates who share a handsome house in the Hills. Mild-ma… (more)