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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
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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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It's Cute! It's not amazing.
20 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Considering that most films are the very definition of hum-drum (which is especially true in the lackluster genre of romantic comedy), this is a less than spectacular movie that succeeds in being quirky enough to be endearing but it certainly suffers from uneven execution (predominantly in the structure of the story telling).

I think the cast was fun, however, with Jason Priestly surrounded by Dave Thomas, Dave Foley and Tanya Allen his performance feels flat; I didn't feel there was a lot of chemistry between him and any of the other characters. Dave Thomas was a classic clown, Tanya Allen was wonderfully charming but I have to say that a special treasure was Dave Foley's anxious and somewhat paranoid character. I would have loved more of him, and as is the case in so many movies, his talents are underused. It's worth a rental, though, to see the two Dave's in scenes together.

I am not Canadian and therefore feel like I may have enjoyed this more if I were. There is definitely some "culture poking" that takes place that I can appreciate if not relish in (i.e. the lead character being obsessed with "Canada's Fred Astair" and the Scottish vs. the English).

All in all it was a fun, Friday night rental that, while it didn't move me or make me laugh out loud, certainly caused me to smile throughout - a rare feat for a romantic comedy.


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