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This debut feature presents an idea for a romantic comedy that Noel Coward might have devised were he still living and bereft of talent. A young man facing imminent marriage to a woman he truly loves can't get the idea of a sexual threesome out of his head -- a threesome including him, his fiancee and another woman, of course. His increasingly frustrated fiancee, who doesn't share the fantasy, devises what she thinks is a clever solution: She will agree to the threesome if he agrees to have one with another man. Would-be hilarity ensues.
Directed, co-written, produced by and starring Lane Janger (what, he was too busy to design the costumes?), "Just One Time" is the kind of quirky New York-based comedy that gives independent film and the city a bad name. It does, though, serve as a veritable love fest for its creator and leading man, whom we see out of his clothes at every conceivable opportunity.
Much of the comedy centers on homosexual panic as Anthony (Janger), a firefighter engaged to the charming, attractive Amy (Joelle Carter), realizes to his horror that she has him over a barrel with her counteroffer. Enter Victor (Guillermo Diaz), the young, virginal gay next-door neighbor who, conveniently, has a crush on Anthony. Victor is enlisted for the program, but Anthony must figure out how to get out of having sex with him. He enlists the help of his best friend and fellow firefighter, Dom David Lee Russek), who has a secret that won't exactly set audiences abuzz. By the time the plot works out, we've endured subplots centering on Amy's clueless parents, Anthony's fellow firefighters and the attractive lesbian (Jennifer Esposito) across the street with whom Amy has a romantic flirtation. And, oh yes, we see get to see Anthony in drag.
The none-too-credible plot is not enhanced by the dialogue, performances or low-budget technical aspects, and "Time" has the dubious distinction of potentially irritating gay and straight audiences.
JUST ONE TIME
Cowboy Booking International
Director: Lane Janger
Screenwriters: Lane Janger, Jennifer Vandever
Executive producers: Marcus Hu,
Charlotte Mickie, David R. Ginsburg
Director of photography: Michael St. Hilaire
Editor: Mitch Stanley
Music: Edward Bilous
Production designer: Stephen J. Beatrice
Amy: Joelle Carter
Victor: Guillermo Diaz
Michelle: Jennifer Esposito
Anthony: Lane Janger
Nick: Vincent Laresca
Dom: David Lee Russek
Running time - 92 minutes
No MPAA rating
1 item from 2000
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