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Every Woman's Dream

Author: polarbyte (mattiehyde@yahoo.com) from Powder Springs, Georgia
9 May 2001

Mmmm, maybe not. Two guys, one girl, and a apt. Besides the moral questions through out the entire movie of "is this healthy", you wonder why they didn't turn it into a soft porn. It is funny, you will enjoy watching it. Get's kinda cheesy towards the end. I was pleased with the directing however, and I loved how our main actress, Kathleen Robertson, looks positively radiant in her shots of playing narrator. Rent it or catch it on cable, I don't see this as something to add to the old DVD collection.

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Greg Araki Rules!

9/10
Author: JaeBianca from MI, USA
28 May 2000

So far I have yet to be disappointed with Araki's bizzare view on romance. I always want to watch his movies again immediately after I've finished. He makes me laugh, cry, and wish I had 2+ beautiful men willing to share me.

"Splendor" is very different from his other "mainstream" fair, like "Nowhere" and "The Doom Generation" in that the story is very coherent and focused, there is minimal drug use, and no randomly placed existential messages (at least that I noticed after my first viewing). "Splendor" proves that Araki doesn't need flashing lights, fast camera work, and excessive use of adolescent slang to make an interesting and young movie. My mom might even like this one!

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spoiler...FUN & SEXY! The perfect female fantasy.

Author: mac-92 from Atlanta
21 February 2000

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I just rented this movie with my Mom. It was a great movie. It speaks to the generation out there (mid to late 20's) who know that finding the "perfect" man isn't going to happen. But she found the perfect man in 2 men...you go girl! Tell me where to find my caveman and prince charming?

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What a surprise!

7/10
Author: penible (vexum@mail.utexas.edu)
4 January 2000

I have never liked any of Greg Araki's films. However, I was so pleasantly surprised by Splendor. The story is interesting and the characters are actually believable. It is such a fun, clever movie. Kathleen Robertson is just so darn cute and those fellas...whoa! I would definitely recommend it to others, especially to those who hate Araki's films. They would appreciate it the most.

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threes not a crowd after all

10/10
Author: katie holmes
25 December 1999

sex sex and more sex this film is a tasty seductive threesome filled piece of clever film making. this film is hot and tasty and a raunchy comedy if i worked for the academy i would let this hot flick be nominated for best picture along with "GO" "CRUEL INTENTIONS" "DISTURBING BEHAVIOR" "WONDER BOYS" AND "DOGMA"

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Loved it, Loved it

9/10
Author: suzelB from Los Angeles, USA
14 October 1999

It was fresh, witty, fun. It was well done, well crafted, and terribly well acted. I've seen many of Greg Araki's movies (who I compared to a Godard of our time as his stories are sharp-edged and on the disturbing/disruptive side) but I have to say that this one is so much more mature, a coming of age. Totally enjoyed my movie experience and related to each of these beautiful youngsters who live life with "a go", without pretension and with eventual responsibility and definite love. A lesson to all. Bravo!

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Fluffy and fun

6/10
Author: rosebud-55
6 October 1999

"Splendor" is verrry light but amiable. Kathleen Robertson, though, is a real discovery, beautiful and a convincing actress. As the old cliche goes, the camera loves her face. For once, men in a movie are just wallpaper, as Robertson carries the film. Candy-colored cinematography,a well chosen soundtrack and a fast pace make this movie a pleasant waste of time.

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Fluffy and fun

6/10
Author: rosebud-55
6 October 1999

"Splendor" is verrry light but amiable. Kathleen Robertson, though, is a real discovery, beautiful and a convincing actress. As the old cliche goes, the camera loves her face. For once, men in a movie are just wallpaper, as Robertson carries the film. Candy-colored cinematography,a well chosen soundtrack and a fast pace make this movie a pleasant waste of time.

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The Screwball Comedy that wasn't...

6/10
Author: dr.bedlo from Warren, OH
23 September 1999

Director Gregg Araki introduced his new film recently at the 24th Toronto Internation Film Fest to a packed house and wetted our appetites with promises of a clever, modern homage to the great screwball comedies of the 1930's & 1940's. Films like: "It Happened One Night", "The Awful Truth", "The Lady Eve" and "Brining Up Baby".

The film is a departure from the man who brought us such films as: "Doom Generation" and "Totally F***ed Up". A kinder, gentler Araki was being shown.

The film follows the adventures of Veronica (Kathleen Robertson). A young woman who has had the misfortune to fall for two very different guys: the kind, intellectual Abel (Jonathan Schaech) and the rocker on eleven, Zed (Matt Keeslar). Instead of making her mind up about which one to date, she decides to try to convince them both to allow her to date them both. Things only get more complicated when both guys decide to move in with her.

The film does follow the basic outline of a screwball, but it lacks the heart of one. The actors all bring in admirable, yet unremarkable performances. However, this is not entirely their fault. Araki fails to deliver on the most basic element of the classic romantic comedy, the banter. The old films thrived on the perpetual motion of the dialogue to continuously engage the audience, with "Splendor" we just get a round of kinky Truth or Dare. Of course that brings up another subject, sex. This is 1999, and people have sex. They did in the 30's too. They just weren't allowed to show it or talk about it in the movies. The writers had to be resourseful, knowing just how far they could skate. I don't think it's prudish to expect the same for a modern incarnation. Again, this gets back to the dialogue. They had to skirt around the issue, but those writers always knew how to let the audience know without coming out and saying it or doing it.

Perhaps, I'm stuck in the past. But I think that if you set your sights and the audience's up that high, you had better be able to deliver the goods. Maybe if Araki had watched "The Awful Truth" (a film that he did an introduction to at the same festival the day after his film screened) before he made "Splendor", he and the audience would have been better off. He's still rather new at the game, and maybe his next film will be a little more like Sturges and a little less like a TV Sitcom.

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Upbeat, Colorful, Fun

Author: anonymous from SLC, UT
28 January 1999

What a fun movie! Just saw the premiere last night at Sundance. Greg, Kathleen Robertson and Jonathan were there. Probably fulfills every woman's ultimate fantasy, but makes you wonder about Greg's....use of color was stunning and innovative. Definitely worth seeing if you get the chance

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