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In the late 1980s and early 90s, Jasmine Guy was a big draw for "A Different World," which was part of the NBC lineup that I believe set the original standard for "Must See Thursday." So, it only makes sense to have a star from a hit show to be some kind of a draw for a movie that would have otherwise not even passed the development phase. Such is the case here, with "Boy Meets Girl."
Jasmine Guy co-stars in this indescribable movie. I'm guessing someone was trying to mesh the stories of two families and the attempted complex drama of specific members of each family. Too many complexities for an inexperienced screenwriter and director to tackle, because nothing seems to weave together.
The basic plot, I guess, is about how life and love works or doesn't work for a bunch of people. Jasmine Guy plays a small-town waitress about to get married. Reed Diamond plays a guy, pretending to be a big-time major league pitcher of some sort - but is really a pitcher who's been cut - who comes back to town after hearing about his parents' impending divorce. Diamond's parents own a restaurant, and Guy works there. Guy's a straight path-walking good girl, and Diamond's a guy who's been living a lie until he met her. She's getting married, but has been questioning exactly what she wants... even before the one night stand with Diamond.
Now the complexities of the family that seem like there will be a connection, eventually fall flat. Guy's sister is some odd character whose sole mission is to deliberately p*ss their conservative father off in different ways. The conservative father has a face (Al Freeman, Jr.) but no further identity and substance. Diamond's parents are each trying to start over - much to Diamond's dismay. There's no scene with or storyline about Guy and her fiancé (another face with no identity), until "The Big Talk" on the day of the wedding. Why? Is it because of the movie's seeming focus on the "blossoming" romance between Guy's and Diamond's characters? You think they're getting together, but do they?
At some point, someone (either the director or the screenwriter) got tired and just threw everyone together into a "happily ever after" scene at the restaurant. No one gets married, no one hooks up, but everyone is cool with their lives and each other. I'm sorry, did I give everything away?
No award-winning, breakthrough acting here. This movie is a good Sunday nothing-else-on-TV, rainy/uneventful afternoon type of a movie. It's something to watch once - if not out of curiosity to see Jasmine Guy's acting parameters (if you've never seen her play any character but Whitley Gilbert), at least see it this one time and get it over with.
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