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Plan B (1997)

A group of friends in their 20s and 30s wrestle with the fact that their lives haven't turned out like they planned.

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Gary Leva

Writer:

Gary Leva
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Cryer ... Stuart Winer
Lisa Darr ... Clare Sadler
Lance Guest ... Jack Sadler
Mark Matheisen Mark Matheisen ... Ricky Stone
Sara Mornell ... Gina Ferris
Stacey Katzin ... Emily Fishback
Ilia Volok ... Flash
John Kozeluh John Kozeluh ... Randy Elliott
Claudia Carey Claudia Carey ... Marie
Annie Grindlay Annie Grindlay ... Candace
Candace DeSarro Candace DeSarro ... Angela
Justin Ross ... Tony / Carrot Man
Nicole Chamberlain Nicole Chamberlain ... Cheryl
Christine Mitges ... Maggie Schonier
José Heredia José Heredia ... Jose
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Plan B is a "Big Chill" type comedy-drama set from a typical Halloween to New Year's Eve which follows five 20 and 30-something friends living in Los Angeles whose lives fail to turn out the way they expected. Stuart is a struggling writer trying to make it big with his first novel while working part-time as a waiter. Stuart's roommate/co-worker, Ricky, is a struggling actor who cannot get an acting job and frets about his hair turing gray and meeting the perfect woman. Stuart and Ricky are friends with Jack and Clare Sadler, a couple trying and trying to concieve a baby, but cannot get it done. Finally there's Gina, Clare's younger sister, who cannot stand letting go of her past as well as being alone at family get togethers and tries bringing an assortment of dates to each gathering. Written by Matthew Patay <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Do you know anybody whose life turned out like they planned?

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Let's Talk About Love See more »

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Yay...another movie about struggling relationships.
28 December 2004 | by xfile1971See all my reviews

"Plan B" is strictly by-the-numbers fare except for one thing. I surprisingly found it to be rather insulting.

Jon Cryer is the "star" of this film and plays his usual, smarmy, egotistical, snotty character that was actually endearing in "Pretty In Pink" and has NOT been amusing ever since. Grating doesn't even begin to describe his performance. Ricky (Mark Matheisen) is a muscular, blonde, struggling actor who (gasp!) is only worried about his hair and getting laid. Talk about a stock character...ugh. At least the other three characters are somewhat engaging. Lisa Darr and Lance Guest play a grounded, optimistic, caring couple who are struggling to conceive. Since they are not whiny drama queens, however, their roles are apparently considered boring and they aren't given enough screen time. Sara Mornell rounds out the cast by playing Gina, your usual nice and good-looking young woman who just can't seem to find the right partner in love. I've seen this character a million times before but at least her performance overcomes some of the shortfalls caused by the predictability of her situation.

What startled me about this film was its juvenile promotion of stereotypes. They introduced a Russian character for the sole purpose of mocking him and making fun of the way he talked. He was portrayed as being wild, ignorant and amazingly shallow. They were just getting warmed up though for the usual nonsense about gays. Gina decides to be gay for a while since she isn't having any luck with guys. Honestly. That wasn't that bad except they really went overboard when Gina brought a lesbian to a Christmas party her friends were throwing. Her lesbian date had very short hair (like I'm sure all lesbians do). She also got quite upset (like I'm sure all lesbians do) when Gina had the nerve to put on lipstick(!). Finally, her date goes around the party hitting on just about every woman there and mouths off when Gina expresses her disappointment. Of course, we all know how gay people can't stay faithful for so much as a couple of hours much less months or even years, right? (Please note the sarcasm in that statement. Thank you.)

This film was based on a tired and predictable premise to begin with but Cryer's unlikable performance combined with the idiotic stereotyping sinks this movie to the lower depths of cinema. 2/10


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