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Just One Time (1998)

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When the fiancée of a fireman reluctantly agrees to participate in a ménage-a-trois with another woman, she does so on the condition that he reciprocate the favor with another man. This ultimately puts their impending marriage in jeopardy.

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Lane Janger

Writers:

Lane Janger (story), Lane Janger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lane Janger Lane Janger ... Anthony
Joelle Carter ... Amy
Guillermo Díaz ... Victor (as Guillermo Diaz)
Jennifer Esposito ... Michelle
David Lee Russek ... Dom
Vincent Laresca ... Nick
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Cyrill
Lázaro Pérez Lázaro Pérez ... Luis (as Lazaro Perez)
Lynn Cohen ... Sophia
Achilles Tsakiridis Achilles Tsakiridis ... Mr. Zafiris
June Kessler June Kessler ... Candy
Phyllis Somerville ... Scratchy-voiced Woman
Priscilla Lopez ... Mrs. De-Jesus
Chris Stewart Chris Stewart ... Bartender
André Vippolis ... Fireboy
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When the fiancee of a fireman reluctantly agrees to participate in a menage a trois with another woman, she does so on the condition that he reciprocate the favor with another man, which ultimately puts their impending marriage in jeopardy. Written by IboChild

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Eine witzige Komödie über Lieve, Treue und das wahre Glück (German) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Just One Time, LLC and Alliance Atlantis Communications, Inc. are the joint authors of this film (motion picture) for the purpose of copyright and other laws. See more »

Connections

Remake of Just One Time (1998) See more »

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It's Too Late Butterfingers
Written by 'Barbara L Jordan' and Crit Harmon
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters
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Ah, the Frailty of Manhood!
8 February 2003 | by tim.halkinSee all my reviews

There is potential here, and it shines through occasionally, but unfortunately not consistently.

Despite the fact that the ultimate effect is cute (isn't that a terrible word to describe a film?!) and charming, I found myself scratching my head once or twice about the basic premise of this sometimes enchanting little ditty. I guess Janger is trying to warn us that no fantasy lives up to the reality. OK...an age-old piece of wisdom...no arguments here, BUT he never REALLY lets his two lead characters experience their fantasies. They just seem to get lost and frustrated on the road leading up to it.

Anthony (Janger's character) wants to see his beloved fiancée, Amy (played by a very winning Jennifer Esposito), have sex Just One Time with another woman before they get married and HAVE to put their fantasies to bed. That's where the first question arises: why do married couples have to stop having fantasies? OK, small detail, let's move on...

Amy does not want to grant her beloved Anthony his somewhat cliché, pubescent, masturbatory fantasy, and tries to get around the problem by one-upping him: if he has sex with a man for her, she'll give herself to a woman for him. Now pride and egos start getting in the way of anyone calling the nonsense off. Enter Guillermo Diaz: your excuse for a romantic comedy's gay sidekick. Not to say that Mr. Diaz plays his role poorly; he's actually very winning! That said, his role is no more than a convenient plot devise: the sweet, non-threatening, virginal gay neighbor, who enters on cue, but never causes too much discomfort, either for Anthony or the viewer. Same goes for the conveniently lesbian neighbor played by Joelle Carter, who is planted there to give Amy her brush with homosexuality.

Whereas Amy at least gets a lesbian kiss of free will out of it all, before she throws up her hands and screams, "bring on the bands and ring the wedding bells", Anthony stays annoyingly heterosexual. Oh, he does have a kiss, but it's aggressive and full of anger and frustration. When he wakes up the next morning next to his token gay friend, he's horrified at the idea that something might have transpired. Thank God, his bedmate is able to clear that fright up within 30 seconds!

Actually, a rather insulting bit of tripe, but if even the more emotionally self-assured and mature homosexuals were generous enough to forgive heterosexual men their occasional lapses of taste and decorum for the sake of defending their obviously fragile manhood, then everyone might actually enjoy the 94 minutes that this film has to offer.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Még egyszer, utoljára See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,517, 25 March 2001

Gross USA:

$23,374
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| (DVD: region 1)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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