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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A Harlequin movie

Author: blanche-2 from United States
5 June 2011

Made in Canada, 2001's "The Waiting Game" stars Chris Potter, Chandra West, Paula Abdul, and Art Hindle. Using the same characters as the novel, a new plot was devised.

I'll be honest and say that I actually am not sure what it was about. It was a little slow moving, and I think I tuned out during part of it. It concerns a young woman Sarah (West) who works in an art gallery with her friend Amy (Abdul). Sarah has an uncle, Lowell (Art Hindle) who is supposedly a diplomat. Actually he works for the CIA. He's acting strangely - he has a box of Mexican artifacts shipped to the gallery, and when it arrives, all the pieces are junk. Yet he wants it kept out of the way.

When Sarah goes out to his house, she finds a man there, Tim Jennings (Chris Potter) who claims he is there to fix Lowell's computer. Lowell is nowhere to be found. We see Lowell - he's in some kind of cabin sending emails as Jehovah to someone named Gabriel.

We're not supposed to be sure who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, but it's easy to tell.

Some of these Harlequin films aren't bad. This isn't bad but it's not great. For one thing, the plot is convoluted. For another, the acting with a couple of exceptions isn't the greatest. Art Hindle is good and who can fault Chris Potter, from a show I loved, Wild Card - he's always good. Paula Abdul is in it as well. She's a good singer.

If you're a fan of Chris Potter, you will want to check this out. He's adorable and has a great quality.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A Mysterious Harlequin Romance

Author: funky_cherry86 from Canada
26 June 2007

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This movie has to be one of the best in the harlequin series The Waiting Game is a story full of mystery, romance and danger at it's best. Chris Potter is an excellent actor and totally hot is his performance, as a fan this movie hits #3 on my list of mystery films. Sarah Frazer, (West) is a young lady who works in a gallery with friend Amy Fuentes (Abdul) every time her uncle Lowell Kincaid (Hindle) comes to town her fiancé Matt (Crombie) is suspicious and jealous. Things start to get a little bizarre when a mysterious man Adrian Seville (Potter) comes to town claiming to be a computer repairman when in reality he's a CIA agent who once worked for her uncle. As it turns out Lowell is in danger because a box containing artifacts is on it's way, the suspense builds up as Sarah finds herself developing feelings for this stranger and getting involved with this situation.

It comes to a head when the villain (Pyper-Ferguson) tries to kill her and she's saved by Adrian.The chemistry between Chris Potter & Chandra West was charming and very hot, this movie is excellent and at almost 2 hours long it's pretty decent even the scenery is amazing.

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Full of suspense, good scenery, awesome choice of Chris Potter for lead.

Author: Jamie-17 from Seattle, WA
13 September 1998

Loved this movie. I watched it initially only for Chris Potter. Came away so surprised at how much it kept me guessing (good guy/bad guy/good guy). Great choices in all of the performers, but especially Chris.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Enjoyable but does not follow the plot of Krentz's book

Author: sharhock from United States
27 January 2007

"The Waiting Game" is based on a thoroughly enjoyable romantic novel of the same name (1985) by Jayne Ann Krentz who also writes historical novels as Amanda Quick and futuristic novels as Jayne Castle. The movie uses the book's characters' names and their essential personalities, but the plot is totally different. Both the book and movie are enjoyable in their own genres, although I originally watched this Canadian-produced Showtime Harlequin-romance series production just to be able to see Ms. Krentz's work put on the screen. She is probably one of the best writers of dialog in the business, and I thought this book (and many others she has written) would translate well into a movie on its own merits. In that I was disappointed.

However, the movie producers made excellent choices in actors and actresses and is notable as an early work of American Idol's Paula Abdul, who does a good job playing the main character's sidekick. Good suspense, gorgeous cast, a surprising plot twist, and a happy ending make it an excellent movie to see on a rainy afternoon with a couple of gal pals.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not a bad movie, some wooden aspects, but otherwise enjoyable

Author: anonymous
7 June 1999

The Waiting Game was not a bad was a little soft, but it was mildly entertaining. I don't have much to say about the performances, other than to say that Abdul is an excellent dancer... The two real standout performances came from Hindle and Cooper, both of whom turned in excellent performances. There are a couple of fairly spicy parts to the movie with the movie ending, in classic style with a sexual "climax" which builds throughout the movie. It's worth a look, but don't go out of your way.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

When Lowell Kincaid asks his niece to take care of a box he sent from Mexico, she has no idea the danger it brings with it.

Author: Monica Sztybel from New Jersey
13 September 1998

I thought this film was great. Chris Potter did a phenominal job in his role. Art Hindle was great too.

I found the plot intriguing and the characters very fastinating to watch.

My only complaint was the music. It made the movie seem like a cheap B-movie , rather than some mystery/romance for the Movie Channel.

Other than that, I enjoyed it very much.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

It was okay

Author: abdul_melby from Canada
2 July 2004

I only watched this movie for one reason and it was only to see Paula Abdul, which she didn't even have a big part. I found that quite disappointing.

After i watched this movie i turned to the people i was watching it with and said "what was it about?" A room of 6 adults had no idea what it was about, we were confused! The movie was hard to follow, and not really interesting.

One of my brothers got up half way during the movie and left the room.

The acting wasn't too bad at all. I think all the actors did a great job. I think it would have been better if it was easier to understand!

I would give it an 6/10

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