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Love Stinks (1999)

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Seth Winnick has it all: a successful career in television, good friends, and a passionate relationship with beautiful Chelsea. However, when he fails to make a timely marriage proposal, Chelsea tries to make his life hell.


Jeff Franklin


Jeff Franklin





Cast overview, first billed only:
French Stewart ... Seth Winnick
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Chelsea Turner (as Bridgette Wilson)
Bill Bellamy ... Larry Garnett
Tyra Banks ... Holly Garnett
Steve Hytner ... Marty Mark
Jason Bateman ... Jesse Travis
Tiffani Thiessen ... Rebecca Melini (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)
Ellis Williams Ellis Williams ... Minister (as Ellis E. Williams)
Boogie Knights Boogie Knights ... Wedding Band
Ivana Milicevic ... Amber (as Ivana Milavich)
Montrose Hagins ... Nana
Renata Scott Renata Scott ... Mrs. Littlejohn
Warren Littlefield ... Peter Bloomstein
Lisa Amsterdam ... Writer
Tom Gammill Tom Gammill ... Writer


Seth Winnick has it all: a successful career in television, good friends, and a passionate relationship with beautiful Chelsea. However, when he fails to make a timely marriage proposal, Chelsea tries to make his life hell.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A movie about a relationship...that's worse than yours. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A férjfogó See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,339,575, 12 September 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Bloomstein makes a rather snide comment about NBC. Peter is played by Warren Littlefield, who used to be the president of NBC. See more »


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Chelsea: I really like this guy. I think that Seth could be the one.
Holly: Are you serious? Does he feel the same way?
Chelsea: Please, he's a man. He has no idea how he's feeling.
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Not Very Amusing
26 May 2007 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

"Love Stinks" is a generally unfunny comedy that will leave you wondering why anyone financed something that promised so little and delivered about what you would have expected from a simple-minded script and an unimpressive cast.

Fans of French Stewart ("3rd Rock From the Sun") will at least be entertained by his many one-liners. Unfortunately they are the only elements that work in this ill-advised movie. Like a lot of this mid-budget stuff, "Love Stinks" places its characters in ultra upscale surroundings and shows them living posh life styles; trying to fool viewers into believing it is a high-end production. But few moviegoers come from the richest portion of the 20- something demographic. Those living a less than swank lifestyle found viewer identification difficult; so the movie was quickly pulled from its theatrical distribution.

Almost everyone else will have difficulty connecting with the film, which is basically the story of Seth's (Stewart) efforts to escape the grasp of the beautiful Chelsea, his materialistic and totally controlling interior decorator. Like this is a continuing problem for all of us!

Chelsea is played by former beauty queen Bridgette Wilson ("I Know What You Did Last Summer"). Wilson is a better actress than she is given credit for people tend to dismiss her because of her non-acting background, and she is well suited to this type of bad girl role. But the script gives her no opportunity to add dimension to this character. At least most of us have seen this sort of mega-manipulative blonde at work. Desperate to marry, Chelsea gets the rich Seth in her sights, pressures him into a quick commitment, moves in and alters his priorities, then makes his life hell when he postpones the marriage. Most of this is told in an extended flashback, necessary for no reason other than to pad the running length so the movie will qualify as a feature.

Of course Wilson and Stewart's acting gets a boost by relative comparison to the barely competent performances of the supporting cast, which includes talent challenged Tyra Banks and Tiffany Amber Thiesen. Steve Hytner (Kenny Bania from "Seinfeld") also appears but adds little to the comic quality of the film.

"Love Stinks" was written and directed by the guy who is blamed for creating "Full House" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper".

Ultimately, all you are left with are Stewart's occasional one-liners and Wilson's beauty. These are not enough to carry a whole feature film but are at least something for which to be thankful if you should be forced to actually view the entire film.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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