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by Chris Parry

"Everyone has sex with everyone and every sperm cell hits the mark."
2 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2004 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Before this festival began, I interviewed the writer/director of Easy, Jane Weinstock. I told her that I was in love with her lead based purely on one publicity still. On reflection, maybe that was a little hasty and guy-like, but nobody ever accused me of being saintly. Marguerite Moreau is sensationally hot, which makes it all the harder to reconcile that her character in this film can’t get a boyfriend to save her life. Though she does throw her legs over her shoulders on a nightly basis.

Jamie Harris (Moreau) seems to have it all. She’s got a good job naming new products on a freelance basis, she’s gorgeous, she’s smart, she’s funny, and she’s not real hard to bed. When her latest dalliance with an Indian poet (Naveen Andrews) turns sour after she succumbs to his advances on the first date, Jamie decides to go celibate for a period of three months. Unfortunately, during that three months she meets an actually decent guy (Brian F. O’Byrne) who wants to be with her. But she’s not interested. Guys suck, after all.

Easy isn’t easy, and I say that having given the film every chance I could. It has funny moments, but they’re scattered briefly among 99 minutes of depressed, fatalistic dialogue where everyone screws everyone else – and when there’s nobody left, they screw their friends’ fathers. Added to this, none of these characters seem to know how to deal with birth control, as any time anyone ejaculates, they seem to inseminate the nearest person.

We’ve had all too many stories the last few years that feature independent women complaining about how they can’t find someone to stick around, but at least some of these, such as your average Sex in the City episode, manage to keep the self-loathing to a minimum. Granted, if your lead considers her life problems to stem from the fact that she’s an easy lay, there’s going to be some self-loathing involved, but an hour and a half of that kind of thing eventually makes you want to reach into the TV and sign the lead character up for some group therapy.

Jane Weinstock certainly has talent, and Marguerite Moreau deserves more opportunities to shine as a lead, but the longer Easy goes on, the less of that talent you see. Moreau tries hard to make the situations matter, but overall the film feels like it has a handful too many twists, a bucketful too many pregnancies, and perhaps the least poetic poet I’ve seen since John Ashcroft penned the largely under-appreciated ode, “The Late Night Clerk At 7/11 Wants To Eat My Children.” Sadly, the director and lead have a big future, but their first feature simply doesn’t.

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User Comments

3/27/07 David Pollastrini Lots of hot women 3 stars
9/18/06 Andrew Lipp Good movie. Excellent preformance by Marguerite Moreau (only reason to rate it 5)... 5 stars
11/15/05 Jeff Anderson Marguerite Moreau is a sexy & funny delight in this realistic, witty film. SHE'S GREAT!! 5 stars
11/23/04 Marla Halperin just won best emerging director in St Louis FF 5 stars
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  26-Nov-2004 (R)
  DVD: 01-Mar-2005



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