Unlike the libidinously superficial romantic triads of Kissing Jessica Stein and the British Imagine Me & You, a lesbian's perspective is at the center here. The alluring Elizabeth Reaser stars as relationship-o-phobic Allegra, on the rebound from Samantha (Julianne Nicholson) and now in love with both a straight man Philip (Justin Kirk), who shares her love for opera, and a dazzling straight woman, Gretchen Mol's Grace. The element that is expected to make this movie a contemporary homage to classic screwball comedies, hinted at by Allegra's fondness for such films as Holiday, is that Philip and Grace are former lovers. This crucial coincidence is introduced in a confrontation during the prologue, with the rest of the film resigned to be a flashback with routine Carrie Bradshaw-like narration as well as the droll touches of passers-by commenting on Allegra's convoluted liaisons.Though the men glimpsed in the background seem to be stuck babbling in a frat house, Philip is a carnally cool intellectual, but his proficiency in Kant is used tritely for too many puns and raise off-the-screen questions such as how does someone become an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Columbia without a PhD? Allegra's friends are icons and cartoonish characters such as a laughless feminist editor, a lipstick lesbian, and a supportive, lusciously straight woman. Mol's sensuous Doris Day appeal worked well in The Notorious Bettie Page, but here the only way her cloying, naive nagging could be a believable as an investment banker is through futures trading in in pork bellies.
Written & Directed by: Maria Maggenti.
Produced by: Eden H. Wurmfeld, Gary Winick & Jake Abraham.
Director of Photography: Mauricio Rubinstein.
Edited by: Susan Graef.
Music: Terry Dame.
Released by: Strand Releasing.
Country of Origin: USA. 81 min. Not Rated.
With: Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Kirk, Gretchen Mol, Jennifer Dundas, Julianne Nicholson andlesb Tina Benko.