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Overall Rating
2

Awesome: 17.39%
Worth A Look: 8.7%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 4.35%
Total Crap69.57%

3 reviews, 28 user ratings


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Head Over Heels
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by Greg Muskewitz

"...even the least discerning audience member is insulted..."
1 stars

To call Head Over Heels awful, detestable and horrible and then say not to see it, would not be doing this exercise in excrement justice –it would be all too easy. It serves as no surprise to learn that this sat on the self at Universal Pictures, unreleased for over a year, but it does serve to surprise that they still bothered to open this up after all.

The crap that they call a story here, written by four people (one being Ed Decter, one of the writers of There’s Something About Mary) centers around a ditzy, clumsy girl named Amanda (Monica Potter). She has no luck in the world of dating, so when she catches her infidel boyfriend in the act, she moves in with four models (Shalom Harlow, Ivana Milicevic, Sarah O’Hare and Tomiko Fraser). Lucky for her, the guy she’s been crushing on, Jim (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) lives in the building across from her, so she can easily spy on him through windows. It becomes a ritual for all of them to sit, apparently with nothing to do, and watch him. (There is one briefly amusing segment –the only of its kind—where O’Hare has a new piece of her anatomy bandaged from plastic surgery each time we see her.)

All spying seems to go well until Amanda thinks she witnessed him kill his girlfriend. From that point, the spying is put on overdrive, because she has committed to going out with him prior to the incident, and doesn’t want to get stuck with a homicidal maniac. So “the girls” decide to help her out in what is supposed to be labeled as a “comedy of errors and misconceptions.”

To spoil it for those senseless enough to throw away money at it: Jim is really Bob, an undercover FBI agent. The murder was faked for someone else’s benefit, of which she has now ruined, and he really did like her.

Whatever.

First and foremost, was the employment of the up until now, unnoticed similarity to Julia Roberts. It’s bad enough we have one, but to take this poor imitation, and beat it into our minds, engraining it there for the useless task of future reference, is unmistakable. They can’t get the real Julia? Okay, let’s just go with a cheap imitation. I don’t know whether she has had a nose job or some other facial feature permutation, but I don’t seem to remember it from Patch Adams. Witless director Mark Waters (The House of Yes) shoves this girl down our throats, trying to “emphasize” the “uncanny” resemblance and similarity, and in the long run make us forget that it is Potter and think that it’s Roberts.

Head Over Heels is stupidly written, with horrible dialogue, no suspense, and no believability. I don’t know if they were trying to aim it for us to buy, but the horrendousness that it throws at us is immedicable. The goofy humor is not goofy or funny (“You’ve got a big dick –I mean dog” or “I’ve got the runs –I mean, I’ve got to run”) and even the least discerning audience member is insulted with this suicide run.

Obviously Prinze isn’t the whole focus of the movie (Potter is actually billed over him), while it is more interested in the lack of lives that these girls lead. Prinze is charmless and annoying, and without a proper lead such as Julia Stiles or Parker Posey or Rachel Leigh Cook, he wanders aimlessly. Potter ostensibly cannot hold a movie herself (maybe the reason The Very Thought of You went directly to video) and she is even less appealing than Julia Roberts simply because that is all she is being rehashed as. Maybe that is not her fault, but she does nothing, outside of peroxiding her hair, to make a distinguishing difference. Even the models are extreme letdowns. The four are attractive, but they certainly are not anything to brag about. Only Milicevic is slightly in the league they are aimed at, and some of her dry wit keeps us conscious on occasion. Who knew we would have such a reprehensible movie so close on the heels of Snatch. Head Over Heels is the type of movie that is so bad that when the Bottom Ten comes rolling around, you just don’t care enough to re-live the memory of it. Hopefully I will able to mentally dismiss it soon, but Head Over Heels is one of the worst movies that I have seen, extending it past just the stinkers of last year. It is a disgrace. And I’m sure Waters has disqualified himself from any further directorial duties.

Final Verdict: F.

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User Comments

9/07/05 Kevin Johnson L.O.L funny. Rare originality. 5 stars
10/20/04 Annelies A nice feel-good movie 4 stars
9/21/04 Zosja SUPER 5 stars
6/13/04 Kayla i actually liked this movie 5 stars
2/17/04 Chris I thought this film got alot of flack for nothing. Sweet and good while still kind of dumb. 4 stars
10/10/03 Erik Van Sant Freddie Prinze Jr manually masturbates caged animals for peanuts. 1 stars
5/31/03 mee great 5 stars
4/07/03 Kylie I think it is a total girlie movie and guys cant really judge it. i thought it was good!! 4 stars
4/07/03 Jack Sommersby Prinze, Jr. gets to do some fart-and-shit action. How uproarious! NOT!!!!!! 1 stars
2/02/02 Rhonda Blankenship Monica before she sucked. Don,t spoil it by seeing Along Came a Spider, her next film. 5 stars
1/27/02 Andrew Carden The Preview Spoiled You, because The Movie Really Does Suck. 1 stars
12/30/01 sarafina I was rooting for the bad guy 1 stars
11/04/01 E-Funk (FART)...that about sums it up. 1 stars
8/28/01 Bueller This is what you should say, if someone suggests seeing this movie: Shoot me, shoot me now! 1 stars
8/07/01 Ashley I loved it! 5 stars
7/14/01 Joanne I love looking at Freddie Prinze, Jr - but unfortunately this movie was just really bad. 2 stars
7/01/01 chels good movie mostly cause of freddie!! good acting too 4 stars
3/29/01 brad i thought it was good 5 stars
2/24/01 Jim Landers I hated this movie!!! What kind of movie studio morons continue to bankroll f.p. movies? 1 stars
2/21/01 And Don't Call me Shirley Sucks big huge donkey dick. Makes me want to throw up my innards and fart cock mustard. 1 stars
2/11/01 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi Gave me absolutely nothing but an overwhelming urge to kick stuff. 1 stars
2/11/01 Lynnaea It really is that bad. Don't waste your money. 1 stars
2/11/01 Ciana_T Sucks 2 stars
2/09/01 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Freddie Jr is nice looking. But looks can't carry a movie. STAY HOME 1 stars
2/06/01 John Lyons Good idea for movie, but poor execution. 1 stars
2/05/01 Stuntman awful, awful movie 1 stars
2/04/01 Nic A great one for all those in love with this year's "romantic-comedies"! 5 stars
2/02/01 JB written and performed by elementary students ( with bathroom humor ) 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Feb-2001 (PG-13)

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Australia
  10-May-2001 (M)




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