Undiscovered

Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy busts hump trying to win girl back, unaware that she's an emotional cripple. Aspiring model Brier Tucket (Pell James) and as-yet-undiscovered musician Luke Falcon (Steven Strait) meet cute on a New York City subway; he drops a glove, she picks it up and, instead of asking for it back, Luke tosses Brier the other glove...read more

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Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy busts hump trying to win girl back, unaware that she's an emotional cripple. Aspiring model Brier Tucket (Pell James) and as-yet-undiscovered musician Luke Falcon (Steven Strait) meet cute on a New York City subway; he drops a glove, she picks it up and, instead of asking for it back, Luke tosses Brier the other glove through the closing doors. Two years later, Luke and Brier meet again in L.A., where both have relocated to pursue their careers. Like so many models who migrate to Hollywood, Brier enrolls in an acting class, where she meets her new best friend, squeaky-voiced singer/actress Clea (Ashlee Simpson). One night at a club, Brier spots Luke, who's on stage performing with his band. Romantic Luke thinks it's kismet, but Brier isn't interested in picking up where they left-off two years ago; she's currently dating famous rock star Mick Benson (Stephen Moyer), and even though Mick spends most of the year on the road with a gaggle of groupies, Brier is determined to stand by her man. And if she ever does dump Mick, it certainly won't be for another musician. So instead of dating Luke, who obviously likes her, Brier goes behind his back and plays Pygmalion with his career: She sets up Luke Falcon fan sites and arranges to have Luke photographed in the arms of a hot Brazilian model, Josie (Shannyn Sossamon), a client of Brier's modeling-agent aunt, Carrie (Carrie Fisher). Brier's plan works a little too well: The artificial buzz she's helped create catches the ears of red-hot industry Svengali Garrett Schweck (Fisher Stephens), but Luke's growing fame puts a strain on their friendship. He can't understand why Brier only wants to be friends, since Brier, who has all the emotional maturity and insight of a 2-year-old, refuses to tell him about Mick and her aversion to musicians. Misunderstandings, hurt feelings and anguished love songs follow. The ludicrously far-fetched conflict at the heart of video director Meiert Avis' uninspired feature debut only points up the problem facing modern romantic comedies: Aside from monstrous in-laws, there's really very little keeping contemporary couples from coupling. The pretty ensemble cast, however, is generally solid — Simpson is quite believable as a competent singer who needs acting lessons — the music is surprisingly good and there's a skateboarding bulldog that you've just gotta see to believe.

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  • Released: 2005
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy busts hump trying to win girl back, unaware that she's an emotional cripple. Aspiring model Brier Tucket (Pell James) and as-yet-undiscovered musician Luke Falcon (Steven Strait) meet cute on a New York City subway; he d… (more)

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