The Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. Commanded by God to lead his family to the promised land of Canaan with the promise that if he does so, his descendants will ... See full summary »
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Myles is divorced in L.A. He wants a love life and a film career. So he decides to go on 20 dates and find true love in front of a camera, making his first feature. His patient agent, Richard, finds a $60,000 investor, the shadowy Elie. Myles starts his search, sometimes telling his date she's being filmed, sometimes not. Elie wants sex and titillation, Myles wants it "real." Myles regularly talks with his old film teacher, Robert McKee, who wonders if love is possible in modern life. Half-way through the 20 dates, Myles meets Elisabeth; she's everything he desires and she likes him. Can he finish the 20 dates, satisfy Elie, and complete his film without losing Elisabeth? Written by
A uniquely styled, occasionally amusing love story
Okay, okay, it doesn't take Janet Maslin to see that this is a scripted (or at least joyfully improvised) movie, but hey, I'll play along. I've always been a sucker for a movie-in-a-movie anyway. Myles Berkowitz has just found a more interesting way to tell a love story than most Hollywood products. Sure beats "You've Got Mail." Robert McKee's speeches are an inspired choice as a running commentary and, while I could have done with less of Myles' own running commentary, I found the whole idea rather charming once I suspended my disbelief a little about the format. It's not quite "Spinal Tap," but as a first go-round, I'd say, what-the-heck, give the guy a real budget and let 'im rip.
One minor quibble - I would have found the whole thing more believable if EVERY girl he dated weren't a total babe. Come on, Myles, you're good, but only rock stars and rich dudes are THAT good.
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