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Total Crap: 20.34%

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Three to Tango
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by Erik Childress

"Welcome Back to the New 'Friends' Genre"
2 stars

Three to Tango (**) Ė Right under our eyes, yet another new genre is being formed. Just like the Saturday Night Live features, another NBC show has spawned six of its own actors into doing features in their downtime. Not that this is a bad thing. I mean, after all, why not parlay the careers of six talented actors into their own film careers after their show, one of the best on TV, Friends, is gone? Well, sometimes itís a bad thing.

Letís look at the track record. Courtney Cox got the Scream franchise, which is good. David Schwimmer got the underrated The Pallbearer and the bad Kissing a Fool. Matt LeBlanc got the baseball monkey movie Ed (which I never saw) and Lost in Space (which was disappointing). Lisa Kudrow got the both terrific Romy and Micheleís High School Reunion and The Opposite of Sex. Jennifer Aniston got the good Picture Perfect and the awful The Object of My Affection. Matthew Perry got the good Fools Rush In and we wonít even mention Almost Heroes. But I will talk about Three to Tango, which is basically a combination of Kissing a Fool and The Object of My Affection and bad plus bad equals bad. Actually mediocre is more precise, because someone is bound to enjoy this film on video a lot more than one would in the theater. And the reason is because the movie isnít very funny. There is no real zip or wit in the dialogue, certainly nothing as funny as you hear on Friends on a weekly basis. The plot is promising, but is written and executed with grade school precision. Itís painful to watch certain scenes knowing that the script is going to let the characters say what you would say in the same situation. A mistaken identity situation like this would last the length of this film in real life, so you better throw in some very funny dialogue, or physical comedy, or witty social commentary to make it interesting. Three to Tango has none of that and itís a shame, because Iíd like to see Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell work their magic in a better relationship comedy. Matthew Perry is one of the most likable actors out there, primarily because heís created one of the funniest characters on television. And while it seems that Perry continues to use Chandler Bingís mannerisms in his screen roles, thatís OK for me because I like that character so much. If you donít like that argument, consider the time that Roger Ebert used the same argument for Rosie Perez. Neve Campbell gets to play the sweetest, most fun-loving adorable girl since Cameron Diaz played Mary last year. Even if the script doesnít give her much to play with, she makes us accept that she is the kind of cool person that someone would want to hook up with. Dylan McDermott personifies the word, tool, in this film. I donít watch The Practice, but if this guy wasnít so handsome, heíd never get any work as he seems to have the range of a daisy air rifle. Oliver Platt is funny as always, who is just as good with comic looks as with dialogue. Iíd also hit myself tomorrow if I didnít mention the music in this film. I happen to like swing music. Itís got a nice beat and you can dance to it. But this film punctuates every single early scene with it, as if to express no confidence whatsoever to the material, undermining it at every opportunity with some peppy drums and horns.

Like Iíve stated before in the past, one is willing to forgive romantic comedies a lot of its shortcomings, because itís the journey and not the conclusion thatís fun to watch. But when the 22-minute Seinfeld ďOutingĒ episode produces more laughs than a 98-minute feature, itís time to write a new script.

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User Comments

5/24/09 art BOGUS! 1 stars
7/04/04 stacie it is wicked and cool and matthew perry is my fav ever i love him and he looks gorgous init 5 stars
4/06/04 Miss Julie Not Kurosawa, but what is more fun on a date than throwing up together? I liked it. 4 stars
12/07/03 Samuel "Im not, I did'" -Matthew Perry 'Three To Tango' pretty funny movie! 3 stars
5/27/03 Jareth Predictable, retarded and offensive. Oh, and Matthew Perry is an annoying twat. 2 stars
10/31/01 Casey Matthew Perry was sooooo hot in the movie, its my fav. movie ever! 5 stars
1/21/01 judith bodley it was easy to watch 3 stars
12/25/00 Mitja Podgajski Funny... but Neve sux... she acts too average.... 3 stars
9/18/00 Jed There are worse "gay" films out there folks trust me on that one. 4 stars
7/18/00 Stephen Booth Neve is Cool. Platt pulls off some excellent lines. Perry's OK. 5 stars
6/26/00 Doe-Eyed Romantic Watch Neve Campbell. She's enjoying herself so much it's impossible not to like her 5 stars
6/19/00 Jed A little questionable but overall quite funny. 4 stars
11/30/99 Ryan Phillipe got hit by a car and it rules King come out and get it man. You suck like fuckin Lewinski and shit. EAT IT. Great flick 5 stars
11/15/99 John Funny, but uninspired. 4 stars
11/14/99 Ryan Phillipe got hit by a car and it rules Hey Bro King Dude I got a sex change so now you can eat my bloody snatch you fuckin!!!! 5 stars
11/13/99 voyant Cute if somewhat predictable film 4 stars
11/02/99 Ataraxia I can't believe I actually paid to see this 1 stars
10/27/99 Mr Showbiz Couldn't have been more inept if it had been made by monkeys. 1 stars
10/25/99 Kat Maybe worth a video rental, but definitely not worth a trip to the theatre. 1 stars
10/24/99 SLU Hello, It's called a PLOT!! 1 stars
10/23/99 Ben Ryan Excellent flick, Perry is hilarious & realistic. Neve is my goddess. Kickass FUcking rule 5 stars
10/22/99 Adam Great script. Worth seeing once. 4 stars
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