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10 years ago at a party, Steven thinks he sees the girl of his dreams, Melissa. Just as he's about to make his move, his twin brother Rick gets to her first and they fall in love. Steven watches his brother's relationship bloom, longing for Melissa all the while. Eventually, Melissa leaves to go to college and the brothers go on with their lives. Steven becomes a workaholic to block out his feelings about Melissa and Rick becomes a spineless bellboy at the Hotel de Love, after a later girl friend stood him up at the altar. Enter Steven and Rick's warring parents visiting the Hotel de Love for their anniversary. Re-enter Melissa with her current boyfriend, Norman. Suddenly Rick and Steven have a second chance at Melissa. Also there's Alison the palm reader, Susie behind the counter, the owner/piano player, and the freshly married couple. Written by
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A subplot involving Susan (the girl behind the counter) and Matt (a worker at the hotel) was cut. Matt gives Melissa some boxer shorts that cost $20. She doesn't have the money, but he lets her go, saying that she owes him. Throughout the movie, Matt was supposed to pop up at inopportune moments asking for the $20. It seems Susan wanted a physical symbol of their love. Matt never gets the $20. They fight, and by the end of the film, he gets Melissa's necklace from Rick. Director Craig Rosenberg cut this subplot because it was not totally necessary. See more »
What about love at first sight?
I don't believe in it. Norman and I were friends first. For months we just talked. Discussed ideas, books, politics.
THAT is not love! THAT is a book group!
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Farce, either on stage or in film, requires truly great timing. In the case of film, that places an even greater burden on the editor, the one who chooses where and how to do the cuts at just the right millisecond. In "Hotel De Love" we have a very broad sort of farce that unfortunately lingers always a bit too long on its sight gags and double-takes.
That is doubly annoying because one senses that both the conception and the script itself have potential. In the hands of, say, someone like Billy Wilder, this film might have gone somewhere. Of course that assumes the acting might have been less amateurish as well, but who knows? As it is, one really well executed scene is followed by a lesser one, followed by a non-sequitur, followed by something sentimental and not very funny.
The British have taken over romantic comedy from Hollywood -- the kind appealing mainly to women -- as in anything featuring Hugh Grant or Rupert Everett. Australia seems to do better with serious drama or tongue-in-cheek stuff like "Priscilla" or "The Sum of Us." Maybe it's time for Nicole Kidman to try an old Rosalind Russell script opposite, say, Russell Crowe, set in Sydney. (Melbourne seems a bit irrelevant, like Winnipeg or Bristol.)
Not that there's anything wrong with sentimentality. It's just that really good farce needs a subtle edge, and this one doesn't have it.
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