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Splendor (1999)

An average, calm mid-20s girl named Veronica restarts her dead dating life all of the sudden, but with two guys: a sensitive failed writer named Abel and an airheaded drummer named Zed. At ... See full summary »

Director:

Gregg Araki

Writers:

Gregg Araki, Jill Cargerman (additional voice over)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Robertson ... Veronica
Johnathon Schaech ... Abel
Matt Keeslar ... Zed
Kelly Macdonald ... Mike
Eric Mabius ... Ernest
Dan Gatto Dan Gatto ... Mutt
Linda Kim ... Alison
Audrey Ruttan Audrey Ruttan ... The Gloved One
Nathan Bexton ... Waiter
Amy Stevens Amy Stevens ... Nana Kitty Cat
Adam Carolla ... Mike's Stupid Boss (as Adam Carola)
Julie Millett ... Supermarket Cashier (as Julie Millette)
Jenica Bergere ... Model #1
Paige Dunn ... Model #2
Emile Hamaty Emile Hamaty ... The Wizard Cashier
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Storyline

An average, calm mid-20s girl named Veronica restarts her dead dating life all of the sudden, but with two guys: a sensitive failed writer named Abel and an airheaded drummer named Zed. At first she despairs. Then she finds a way to date both without their finding out. Then she tells both about it. Then Abel and Zed meet each other, and, after much initial conflict, they wind up living together and evolve into a very odd yet happy threesome. However, as time goes by Veronica starts growing apart from them, while Abel and Zed become brother-like (and kid-like). So when a director starts courting a pregnant Veronica, strains ensue. Will Abel and Zed be able to grow up and save the day?... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual material, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2000 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Cama para tres See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,937, 19 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,703, 31 October 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

During the whole conversation between Veronica, Abel and Zed after her return from Maui, the hands on the clock remain at 02:55. See more »

Connections

References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Shine (The Splendiforous Locust Mix)
Performed by Slowdive
Remixed by Locust
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A polyamory movie with heart and courage
3 October 1999 | by Mark DulceySee all my reviews

Veronica, single and uninvolved, meets two men at the same concert at the same club. It would be hard for them to be more different: Abel, who she meets on the crowded dance floor, is dark, sensitive, and a bit shy; Zed, the drummer of the band, is bleached blond and very outspoken. She is torn, and can't make up her mind which of them to see. So she goes out with both of them.

The rest of the film follows her life for the next year, and how she handles her complex situation - which becomes even more complicated when another man, Ernest, comes into the picture. Unusually for a film (especially one made in the US), it resists the temptation of taking an easy path out of her situation.

It's not perfect. It looks at some of the problems that can arise from multiple relationships, but she has too easy a time resolving them; it takes a lot longer in real life. But at least it acknowledges that the problems exist, and that it is possible to find answers.


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