Review Date: July 28, 2002
Director: Gary Winick
Writer: Heather McGowan, Niels Mueller
Producers: Gary Winick, Alexis Alexanian, Dolly Hall
If you're afraid to try this dish because of its popularity around the "art house" circuit, worry not because it's really not as pretentious as you might think it is. In fact, it's actually quite accessible and light, with few "artsy" moments spread around its gorgeously shot New York scenery. The film does definitely overplay the "insert title cards" though, most of which just end up being showy and annoying as the picture tags along. It's also pretty obviously shot on a small budget ($150,000), without the best editing in the world, and a capable, but not necessarily overwhelming soundtrack. But with shitty Hollywood flicks coming out every other week, it's nice to know that some independent movies are also enjoying some time in the sun. So if you're like me, and enjoy watching atypical films alongside your steady diet of the more "standard" fare, you should definitely seek this movie out, especially if you don't have an issue with an older woman seducing a teenage boy, or that very same boy wanting to nail his stepmom (yay!). It's definitely not for everyone, but it does deliver enough laughs, originality and realism, to make up for its slightly uninspired conclusion, short runtime and tiny pretentious bits (Eh oui, ils parlent en Francais, bien sur!).