by Greg Muskewitz
Generic, lusterless clump of “I’m not/I am/I can be…” remedial lesbian romantic comedy.The two leads, also the movie’s writers, adapt from their own stage play, and both appear to be pro-choice, that is, in matters of sexual preference. One woman is bored by what males have to offer, and the other, a chipmunk-faced “Jewish Sandra Dee,” has apparently dated the whole male species — at least only the ones who qualify as slimy, one-dimensional, stereotyped caricatures (then again, so is she) — leaving her with no other explanation except that she must be gay. She wants to, she doesn’t, she can, she can’t, she will, she won’t. The trials and errors of the exploration of hetero and homosexual relationships progress with a gimp as the feeling of the whole thing is terribly contrived. Out of the eight-million residents of New York, the lonely popinjay isn’t able to meet one “normal” guy — a disgustingly gross overstatement — yet when she finally crosses the mark into lesbian territory and concedes her heterosexuality, the lover claims that their lack of sex hurts the relationship, and it’s over. (“She’s a cock-tease — a poon-tease”) Of course, that’s the whole movie, and all the humorless neurosis that is forced upon the viewer is a waste, a sham. (And to think that because this has a main Jewish character, deals with neurosis and therapy, it must be similar to a Woody Allen comedy!) The guns-by-her-side Jessica, who should know herself better than no other, opts for giant compromises (her sexuality, her stance on e-mail, etc.), all for it to be thrown back in her face for an unredemptive and negating end. The movie sends a perverse message about the purpose of a relationship, that, while the friendship aspect of it is a perk, it’s really the sex that counts.
Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. With Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen and Tovah Feldshuh.[Not to be bothered with.]
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originally posted: 12/20/03 18:59:43