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The Pompatus of Love (1995)

Four guys sit around drinking beer and talking, trying to figure out the meaning of "the pompatus of love" (from the Steve Miller song "Joker") and analyzing their relationships with women.

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Richard Schenkman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Pasdar ... Josh
Paige Turco ... Gina
Arabella Field ... Lori - Phil's Wife
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Kathryn
Mia Sara ... Cynthia
Jon Cryer ... Mark
Adam Oliensis Adam Oliensis ... Phil
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Caroline
Tim Guinee ... Runyon
Kristen Wilson ... Tasha
Lianna Pai ... Ting (as Liana Pai)
John Norman Thomas ... Cabbie
John Hoyt ... Big Toe (as John Glen Hoyt)
Charlie Murphy ... Saxophone Man
Helen Haft Helen Haft ... Real Estate Broker
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Storyline

Four guys sit around drinking beer and talking, trying to figure out the meaning of "the pompatus of love" (from the Steve Miller song "Joker") and analyzing their relationships with women. Written by John Allison <johna@cs.colorado.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language
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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confissões de Quatro Apaixonados See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The title phrase was taken from two songs by Steve Miller; the mysterious word "pompatus" was originally spelled "pompitous" in the printed lyrics. But it originally comes from the Medallions' 1954 song "The Letter", written by Vernon Green when he was 14. Green explained in the 1990s that the word actually began with "puppet" and was a term he'd made up for "a secret paper-doll fantasy figure, who would be my everything and bear my children". See more »

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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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Written by J. Adler & D. Cavallo
Performed by Porcupine
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Entertaining, I suppose
27 August 2000 | by stills-6See all my reviews

This movie is a victim of the post-"Diner" post-"Seinfeld" syndrome, in which inane conversation takes the place of true characterization. It's amusing at times, but ultimately leads nowhere - both the conversations and the movie. The Adrian Pasdar / Mia Sara / Paige Turco storyline was perhaps the most entertaining and had the most potential, but a movie like this is only as good as the worst bit of it. And everything about the Jon Cryer story is horrible - it should have been left out or at least given fourth place (instead of the most followed) subplot.

It's entertaining in its own way, I suppose. And it gets points for being funny and for some clever referencing of 50s and 60s TV shows. Watch "The Brothers McMullen" instead for a similar movie done better with less money.


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