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Splendor (1999)

 -  Comedy  -  12 May 2000 (Iceland)
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An average, calm mid-20s girl named Veronica restarts her dead dating life all of the sudden, but with two guys: a sensitive failed writer named Abel and an airheaded drummer named Zed. At ... See full summary »

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Veronica
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Abel
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Zed
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Mike
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Ernest
Dan Gatto ...
Mutt
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Alison
Audrey Ruttan ...
The Gloved One
Nathan Bexton ...
Waiter
Amy Stevens ...
Nana Kitty Cat
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Mike's Stupid Boss (as Adam Carola)
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Supermarket Cashier (as Julie Millette)
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Model #1
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Model #2
Emile Hamaty ...
The Wizard Cashier
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An average, calm mid-20s girl named Veronica restarts her dead dating life all of the sudden, but with two guys: a sensitive failed writer named Abel and an airheaded drummer named Zed. At first she despairs. Then she finds a way to date both without their finding out. Then she tells both about it. Then Abel and Zed meet each other, and, after much initial conflict, they wind up living together and evolve into a very odd yet happy threesome. However, as time goes by Veronica starts growing apart from them, while Abel and Zed become brother-like (and kid-like). So when a director starts courting a pregnant Veronica, strains ensue. Will Abel and Zed be able to grow up and save the day?... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Rated R for sexual material, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$3,937 (USA) (17 September 1999)

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$45,703 (USA) (29 October 1999)
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During the whole conversation between Veronica, Abel and Zed after her return from Maui, the hands on the clock remain at 02:55. See more »

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References Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »

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Bizarre Love Triangle
Performed by New Order
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Three's Company for the Millennium!
23 November 2000 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

'Splendor', writer/director Gregg Araki's debut film, is a bright, witty comedy of relationships, told from a woman's perspective. The film's opening shot sets the tone for the entire film; a beautiful girl lies between two handsome men, a look of pure bliss on her face, and sleepy satisfaction on theirs! Unusual for a mainstream American film, but this is NOT your usual 'Boy Meets Girl' movie!

Young Veronica, portrayed by the astonishingly lovely Kathleen Robertson, comes to Hollywood to pursue an acting career; one evening, attending a crowded costume party with lesbian friend, Mike (British actress Kelly McDonald), she sees hunky drummer Zed (played with goofy charm by Matt Keeslar), and immediately is aroused, much to Mike's chagrin! As she is pulled away, she literally runs into handsome, sensitive writer Abel (the always watchable Johnathon Schaech) and sparks fly again, despite Mike's funny insults! After passing him her phone number, she retreats to the bathroom...and runs into Zed! Passions explode immediately, and a tryst begins that ends in her apartment, the next day...when Abel phones her!

Veronica bemoans the fact that it's always 'feast or famine', but likes both guys too much to date either of them, exclusively! Of course the two suitors eventually meet, and Veronica is so sweet and desirable that she manages to convince both of them that a loving relationship between the three is not only possible, but desirable!

This would be the 'end' of many films, but director Araki uses the threesome as the framework for an entire movie, covering a wide assortment of funny situations! As the 'glue' that holds this unusual relationship together, Robertson's portrayal of Veronica is a marvel, funny and sexy, yet vulnerable!

Can this trio of young lovers survive, especially with a young, wealthy TV producer (Eric Mabius) waiting in the wings, to take Veronica away from all this? Watch 'Splendor', and find out! You WON'T be disappointed!


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