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X's & O's -- A circle of friends in San Francisco learns the hard way that it's not all hugs and kisses in the game of love and that everyone needs a strategy to score. Bookish biologist Simon (Clayne Crawford - Fox's "24" and 'A Walk to Remember') lusts after Jane (Sarah Wright - 'The House Bunny'), a blonde beauty who barely knows he exists. Against the advice of his womanizing friend, Lorenzo (Warren Christie - ABC's "October Road"), Simon decides to make Jane jealous by dating his lab partner, Trese (Judy Marte - 'Raising Victor Vargas'). But every part of Simon's plan falls apart, trapping him between the pursuit of a hopeless dream and unexpected, real feelings for someone. Also starring Kel Mitchell ("Kenan and Kel", 'Good Burger'), Lynn Chen ('Saving Face'), and Jill Bennett ("Dante's Cove").

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Director:
Writers:
Kedar Korde (written by)
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Release Date:
2009 (USA) See more »
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Hugs. Kisses. Score.
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Relationship issues arise between a researcher with a theory to explain away all his failed dating experiments... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Clayne Crawford ... Simon

Judy Marte ... Trese

Warren Christie ... Lorenzo

Sarah Wright ... Jane (as Sarah Mason)

John Wynn ... Jimmy

Lynn Chen ... Gwen

Kel Mitchell ... Covonne

Jill Bennett ... Vivian

Azita Ghanizada ... Anita

Alain Uy ... Gilly

Adam Hendershott ... Harlen

Gino Anthony Pesi ... Riles

Luke Pennington ... Paul

Brooke Lyons ... Hazel
Holly Towne ... Whitney

Ben Sharples ... Stephen

Meredith Giangrande ... Blogging Bessy

Max Decker ... Max (as Maximillian Alexander)

Casey Boersma ... Kid Baller
Chris W. Hill ... Poet
Jacob Battersby ... Celsius
Domingo Reynolds ... Spyder
Reba Schappell ... Conjoined Twin
Lori Schappell ... Conjoined Twin

Candice Accola ... Gwen's Friend
Rachel Matos ... Gwen's Friend

Tey Punsalan ... Gwen's Friend

Amelie McKendry ... The Lord's Lady
Tasha Sanchez ... The Lord's Lady
Kristin Ellington ... Easy-to-bed Co-ed

Julie Fine ... Slap-Happy Sunday Schoolgirl (as Julianna Fine)
Charles Van Eman ... Restaurant Gentleman

Bobby Dodge ... Arresting Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony Franchitto ... Sleaze (scenes deleted)
Paul Baio ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Jonathon Downs ... Bartender (uncredited)
Felix Hwang ... DJ Friendly Traveler (uncredited)

John Magennis ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Kedar Korde 
 
Writing credits
Kedar Korde (written by)

Trisa Edmonson (poetry) &
Shelly Royce (poetry) &
Margaret Terry (poetry) &
Soul Evans (poetry) (as Thomas Soul Evans) &
Harvey Rabbit (poetry)

Produced by
Molly Celaschi .... producer
Royce Allen Dudley .... co-producer
Fred Kennamer .... line producer (as F. Dupp)
Kedar Korde .... producer
Judy Marte .... co-producer
Paul Mauriello .... associate producer
Bethany Meservey .... associate producer
George Themelis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Felix Hwang 
 
Cinematography by
Royce Allen Dudley 
 
Film Editing by
Chris W. Hill 
 
Casting by
Dino Ladki 
 
Production Design by
Laura Paddock 
 
Set Decoration by
John McPhee 
 
Costume Design by
Jasmine Kostraba 
 
Makeup Department
Heather Clabaugh .... assistant hair stylist
Heather Clabaugh .... assistant makeup artist
Elizabeth Dahl .... key hair stylist
Elizabeth Dahl .... key makeup artist
Robin Graham .... hair stylist: second unit
Robin Graham .... makeup artist: second unit
Yoko Nobushi .... additional assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rebecca Hamm .... unit production manager
Chris W. Hill .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Natalie Hsieh .... second assistant director
Nick Langseth .... second second assistant director
Matthew Schroeder .... first assistant director: second unit
Jim Whitworth .... first assistant director
Jake Worden .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ryan Cochran .... swing
Francis Crossman .... swing: Bay Area
Emily Dawson .... on-set dresser/buyer
Adam Deyoe .... property master
Michael Westerman .... property master: Bay Area
S. Todd Whitaker .... lead man
 
Sound Department
Greg Cosh .... boom operator
Nora Cosh .... sound mixer
Dustin Harrison .... adr recording mixer
Dustin Harrison .... final mix
Dustin Harrison .... supervising sound editor
Scott Kinzey .... boom operator: second unit
Scott Kinzey .... sound mixer: second unit
Mark Linden .... post sound consultant
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Kahari Mays .... adr recordist: New York
Trevor Ward .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
 
Visual Effects by
Chris W. Hill .... animator: opening credits
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kent Abbott .... camera loader
Marc Anderson .... key grip: Bay Area
Michael Anthony .... electrician: Bay Area
Mike Booth .... lighting director
Cole Chetney .... grip
Royce Allen Dudley .... camera operator
Royce Allen Dudley .... documentary videographer: Pennsylvania
Jason Gilbertson .... best boy grip: Bay Area
Gor Haroutunian .... grip
Brad Heiner .... key grip
Jared Hoy .... best boy electric
Denisse Kindl .... second assistant camera
Darrell M. Lee .... best boy electric: Bay Area
Marian Ng .... grip
Noah Peter .... best boy grip
Boris Price .... first assistant camera: second unit
Aaron Schnobrich .... electrician
Steve L. Smith .... first assistant camera
Kerry Sweeney .... best boy electric: second unit
Orin Yost .... still photographer
Eric Alan Wendell .... additional grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Pete Sutton .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mai-Lei Pecorari .... wardrobe supervisor: Bay Area
Rebecca Scythes .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Richard Garibaldi .... final colorist
 
Transportation Department
Christopher DiMarco .... driver
Adam M. Dunne-De'Coligny .... driver: Bay Area
Robert Guichard .... driver
Brady Hayman .... driver
Paul Irvine .... driver
Suzette Jamison .... transportation captain
Chad Lovoy .... driver
Jared Robbins .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Kristin Bree Calabrese .... script supervisor (as Kristin Calabrese)
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Robin Gage .... craft service: Bay Area
Antonio Grana .... production assistant: Bay Area
Felix Hwang .... production assistant
Joanna Jara .... production assistant
Sheryl Kendall .... choreographer
Alan Korn .... production attorney
Nick Langseth .... key set production assistant
Neil Lesneski .... production assistant
Kerry Moynahan .... craft service
Jesse H. Rivard .... location scout (as Jesse Rivard)
Chris Romero .... production assistant
Sheila Sabatowich .... production assistant
Matthew Schroeder .... location manager: Bay Area
Bryan Sundstrom .... additional script supervisor
Mike Timm .... location manager
 

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Twist on a Twisted Story, 16 January 2009
Author: EmilioCacao from United States

First of all, this is a puzzling comedy, and I don't mean it in a bad way, on the contrary, it needs to be seen to be believed. Mr. Korde has made a romantic comedy set up in the real world, in which the camera could be anyone of us looking at our own environment.

But the movies also a local view of how much it sucks to date in San Francisco, California, considered one of the worst cities for dating and commitment in the U.S.

Yeah, it's not that easy to get "action" in an environment where everybody wants everything as soon as possible, and at the slightest mistake you get dumped for good. "You're not what I want" is the phrase most people tell their partners before a break-up or the end of a one-night stand. Later, they complain they're lonely and there's not too much to choose from. Well, you'll see exactly that in this movie.

This one is a romantic comedy with a twist in which the people we root for might not be the role models for a normal, healthy behavior. The main character is a lovesick scientist named Simon who has a crush on a beautiful but mean girl (so mean she's capable of telling him she wouldn't give birth to a baby because she's not the maternal type, but she spends most of the time mating like a rabbit with every man except Simon.) She treats him like a bathroom mop, and he seems to like it, because he keeps trying and trying. Eventually, he believes, she will fall for him.

There's of course a girl who's really cool and likes him a lot. A very interesting Latina girl named Trese who sees in him a potential match in the same sea of deception that's called the San Francisco Nightlife. She's angry at the world but notices in Simon a beacon of hope. Trese has a roommate too and she kinda, kinda, has feelings for her (come on, it's San Francisco, what do you expect!) The development of the story puts us in a crash course to a potential lame end (the good guy gets the cool girl and the mean girl learns her lesson) but the involvement of Simon's best friend, a player named Lorenzo, avoids an end that would make the movie forgettable or in the same bunch of lame stories like "The Notebook" or "P.S. I Love You." To tell you what Lorenzo does or says to Trese and Simon and his group of friends would be to spoil the story. His involvement and his actions caused by his past -a breakup with a beautiful girl who dumped him for a Born-Again Christian leader- is essentially the "McGuffin" of the plot. Without Lorenzo, the movie wouldn't have had movement.

It seems that men and women have to protect each other of potential damage, in a society that's already paranoid of itself. For men, the friends they think are their real friends are just fake ones trying to harm us and women will just deceive us, so men might as well go on for the ride and see what might come out. Simon finds satisfaction being rejected, Lorenzo finds it thinking about commitment while each weekend he sleeps with one bartender after another -not even thanking them for the fun!

For me, the most interesting character is Simon's friend Jimmy, an Asian kid who's trying to be a gangster (or at least a fake one) and prove his friends he has his woman under his thumb, but a simple twist of fate regarding a barbecue meat theft will make him realize things are very, very fragile in his life. The tables will turn for him as well, but Korde uses his story as a counterpoint to see what might lie ahead if Simon gets lucky with Jane.

Pain happens for a reason in this symphony of deception, but will it conclude on a major, happy note? This movie might be a great date movie for couples who aren't afraid of their own emotions and have nothing to hide. You won't find the kind of comedy you see in "Wedding Crashers" or "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

You might find yourself amused and feeling close to the characters, way more than X's and O's in an endless game.

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