Review Date: February 12, 2000
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writer: Mitchell Kapner
Producers: David Willis, Allan Kaufman
Michael Clarke Duncan
Comedy-wise, the film certainly contained its share of chuckles and even some laugh-out funnies, ironically managing to balance that off with just as many misses and ho-hum moments. On a personal note, it was fun for me to watch this movie take place and be shot in the city of my own residence (Montreal, Canada), so I probably enjoyed some of its Canadian sights, sounds and potshots more than would your average viewer. On the whole, the film moved along at a decent pace with plenty of characters given their own moments to shine or tank, but an award for the greatest development of characters in a movie is certainly not something that this film was out to conquer. In fact, most of its characters were pretty one-dimensional and over-the-top, but this much is to be expected from a black comedy featuring a sorted cast of goofballs hamming it up. Now why the film decided to outlast its stay by about fifteen minutes with extra plot intricacies is beyond me, but any movie that has Matthew Perry running full-speed into a glass-plate door is okay in my book. So if you're looking for a few harmless laughs, an easy night out and maybe even a couple of tit-shots from the lovely Ms. Peet, well look no further than this cheap one-night comedy stand. But if character depth, laughs-a-minute and an intriguing plot are your standard turn-ons, then I suggest you step about nine yards back and see what else is playing at your local multiplex.