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Novel Romance (2006)

R | | Comedy | 8 October 2006 (USA)
Max Normane is the kind of woman that some less creative individuals might refer to as a "Type A" personality. Her eye for the undiscovered literary gem is famous, and Max repreatedly ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pia Artesona ...
Rita Ramirez
Hot Guy At Beach
Thomas Kim ...
Delivery Guy
Emily Skopov ...
Mom with Epiphany Baby / Expecting Mother
Wendy Fowler ...
Jake's Random Pop (as Wendy Rae Fowler)
Wyatt Skopov-Normane ...
Max's Epiphany Baby
Jake Fennoy ...
Homeless Guy
Andrew Morgano ...
Fantasy Sperm Bank Narrator (voice)
Claudia Choi ...
Fantasy Clinic Nurse


Max Normane is the kind of woman that some less creative individuals might refer to as a "Type A" personality. Her eye for the undiscovered literary gem is famous, and Max repreatedly demonstrates this ability in "URBANITY," the literary magazine she presides over. When Max meets Jake Benjamin, a struggling but talented writer whose previous attempts at getting published have been sabotaged by his own egocentric idiosyncracies and lousy attitude, Max offers him a mutually beneficial solution of Faustian proportions - his seed in exchange for publication. In other words, she'll give life to his child, if he gives life to hers. Despite Jake's shock and outrage at such blackmail, this bizarre opportunity for long-awaited literary succces is too good for the frustrated artist to pass up. As Jake reaches ever higher echelons of renown and Max's tightly organized world devolves into the mess of single parenthood, something truly horrific happens... they begin to fall agressively, angrily ... Written by Burt's "B" boy

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

8 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Farewell to Raskolnikov's  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Max Normane: So because you can't have children, I'm not suppose to have one?
Liza Normane Stewart: No, you're not suppose to have children because you are a single, self-centered, manipulative workaholic, who once this novelty of the semi-domestic existence grows old, will be spitting out venom and killing her own like a cobra!
Max Normane: Very vivid, but technically inaccurate. Cobras are actually quite maternal.
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A witty, romantic comedy that tackles contemporary issues of career, marriage, childbearing and parenting.
16 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Novel Romance is a witty, clever romantic comedy that was a huge crowd-pleaser at the LaFemme Film Festival in Los Angeles. It tackles contemporary issues of career/marriage/childbearing and parenting with an original twist. Can Max Normane find fulfillment both as a successful professional woman and as a single mother? And how is she to accomplish that when men and sex have taken backseat roles in this driven and zany woman's life? Traci Lords shows wonderful comedic ability as Max, and Paul Johanssen's sex-appeal oozes through the disheveled facade of character Jake Buckley, aka unsuccessful writer--starving, but too proud to "compromise" his talents. Where have Lords and Johanssen been until now? Their chemistry lights up the screen. Great supporting performances by Sherilynn Fenn and Mariette Hartley. Writer/director/producer Emily Skopov has accomplished an enormous feat in her very first feature film. She has gone beyond cliché to present real people with real needs in our very complex society where modern choices do not always trump age-old instincts of human behavior.

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