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by Scott Weinberg

"Treads some familiar ground, but does so in quick and breezy style."
4 stars

'Knots' is the sort of movie that's really easy to screw up. It's one of those bedroom farces that relies heavily on coincidence and sex jokes, two things that generally turn a breezy comedy into a leaden dirge. Fortunately Greg Lombardo delivered a consistently funny screenplay, hired a handful of solid actors, and kept the whole thing moving along expeditiously. Nobody likes a rom-com that wears out its welcome.

Dave (Scott Cohen) and Greta (Annabeth Gish) are a quietly contented married couple. At least they are up until the moment when Dave discovers Greta in bed with another woman. This unexpected infidelity sparks off a chain-reaction of bed-hopping and double-dealing that also involves the sultry Lily (Paulina Porizkova), the nice guy Jake (Martin Campbell), the mega-sleazy Cal (John Stamos) and his decieved girlfriend Emily (Tara Reid).

A sleeps with B and C gets jealous. D propositions B and gets E in return, while A plots an affair of their own. And then things get even more complicated. Knots takes place in that sex farce universe where people schtupp at the drop of a hat, and then run over to the bar to talk about who they just schtupped. The movie's laden with broken hearts, casual sex, casually experimental lesbianism, and an enjoyably light-hearted approach to issues both carnal and romantic in nature.

Taken as not much more than a feature-length adult-oriented sitcom, Knots is more than enjoyable enough to warrant a visit. The cast, for the most part, acquit themselves admirably well, though Annabeth Gish struggles with an likeable character, while Tara Ried continues to show no discernable signs of improvement.

Scott Cohen comes off like an over-caffeinated version of Adam Arkin, which means he's funny in a neurotic sort of way. Paulina Porizkova is surprisingly strong as a sex-happy and predatorial attorney...and then there's Stamos.

I don't think I've ever had one good or bad thing to say about John Stamos throughout his career. I'm not big on sitcoms, so generally I think of John as 'that pin-up guy married to the amazingly hot woman'. But there's no two ways about it: John Stamos is drop-dead hilarious in this movie. Sure, the character as written on the page would be a plum gig for just about any character actor; he's sleazy and devious, he's always horny, consistently scoring and never guilty. Stamos takes a funny role and hits a bases-clearing triple off the wall. Who knew the guy had scene-stealing capabilities?

'Knots' is a light and amiable and continuously entertaining little comedy. Not much goes on that could ever be mistaken for 'real life romance', but there are a few sweet moments amidst the screaming and the silliness. You'll catch it on cable or DVD one night...and probably end up pleasantly surprised.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

8/18/06 Andrea I loved it 5 stars
7/12/05 Pietro Absolutely devoid of intelligence, totally crude 1 stars
6/23/05 Corky Preposterous plot weighs down the good comic acting, kudos to Stamos, he's hilarious. 2 stars
7/25/04 Glenn W. One of the best films I saw at SXSW 5 stars
4/22/04 Bruce Mann A cute farce with some underlying real issues that people face 4 stars
3/26/04 jonathan pliny overwrought crap - there just isn't anything new or exciting possibly "uncle jesse" romijn- 2 stars
3/26/04 Michael rockin' little sex comedy 5 stars
3/25/04 Veronica S. one of the best indies of the year 5 stars
3/25/04 Bob Really fun. Witty dialogue, tons of laughs. 5 stars
3/24/04 Kevin slightly entertaining 2 stars
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