Thirty year old Torontonian Asa Gemmill loves movie musicals of the 1930s and 1940s, especially little known Canadian movies starring Mar Stoddart, who he views as the Canadian Fred Astaire... See full summary »

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Asa Gemmill
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Karen
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Bernard Schiff
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Uncle Billy Gemmill
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Nat Porter
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Charity
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Michael Pelham
Jack Duffy ...
Stan
Joyce Campion ...
Peg
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Doreen Gaynor
Clinton Walker ...
Randall Keenan Forbes
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Roxie Nightingale
Norma Edwards ...
Nana
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Thirty year old Torontonian Asa Gemmill loves movie musicals of the 1930s and 1940s, especially little known Canadian movies starring Mar Stoddart, who he views as the Canadian Fred Astaire, and his regular partner Doreen Gaynor, most specifically one called "Fancy Dancing". He is irresponsible in the way he lives his life - living in the seedy Winchester Hotel where Stoddart once performed and where they still play big band and jazz standards, rooming with a fellow Scot named Schiff who is only understandable with subtitles, sleeping during the day, and trying to bed all the hotel club's aspiring Doreen Gaynors at night - at least in the eyes of his ex-wife, Charity, who he still loves. Charity threatens to cut off his access to their infant son Michael unless he gets his act together. Through an intervention, Asa ends up going to work at his Uncle Billy's small advertising agency. Although the nine to five life isn't for him, which isn't helped working under the supervision of anal ... Written by Huggo

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18 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Au rythme de l'amour  »

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If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed.
11 September 2003 | by (Hamilton, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Jason Priestly plays Asa, a thirty-ish guy that is a little without direction. A bit of a deadbeat dad and 'cool cat' with the ladies, he finds solace in classic films featuring his favourite Fred Astaire-esque actor and imagining the world as it was then.

You always have to be wary of a movie where the main characters start singing without any real warning (see "Heartbreakers"). I can only imagine that this script was originally a half-hour short film that, for some reason, was stretched into 90 minutes. Dave Foley and Dave Thomas' characters are a little out of place; I assume it's the content and not the execution. Cutie-patootie Tanya Allen (Starhunter) plays the love interest and she does her job well.

If you're a huge fan of Moulin Rouge or Chicago, you might want to avoid this would-be musical. However, if you can look past the low budget, you'll see a cute flick.

Tip: If you're gonna have a running gag of subtitles for the thick-accented Scottish character, get the words off the characters' faces.

Hardly great, but mostly harmless. 6 out of 10.


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