Over a year after bit actress Liz Woodward leaves him at the altar, comedy writer Gene Maxwell is still having trouble dealing with the situation and his life. Writing "Fear Knot", a novel ...
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Over a year after bit actress Liz Woodward leaves him at the altar, comedy writer Gene Maxwell is still having trouble dealing with the situation and his life. Writing "Fear Knot", a novel about letting go of one's fears to be able to tie the knot, which he obviously wrote for Liz but which she has yet to read, probably didn't help. Unexpectedly, Liz, who he has not seen since that day, returns with an unusual request: help her father, Malcolm Woodward, move from his dingy basement suite into an apartment, as she has a movie assignment in Prague during when he has to move. After initially feeling the request unreasonable considering the circumstances, Gene agrees on what he considers compassionate grounds for Malcolm. Through it all, Gene has to deal with: what he thinks Liz's return means, which he, deep in his heart, hopes is a reconciliation; the advice of his overbearing parents, George and Gisha, and of his best friend, dance instructor Herbert; and cantankerous ex-pat Brit ...Written by
Jennifer Beals was hired to play the role of Liz Woodward. When she noticed she was unable to do the job because a schedule conflict, she personally recommended to the producers and director her friend Elizabeth Berkley. See more »
I can't understand some of the bad reviews this film got. I found it to be a very genuine, tender and moving comedy. I don't think it's just me, but you can feel all the passion and emotion Benjamin Ratner put in his story and characters. As a movie it's quite strange because it shows not "movie characters" but believable persons. I can't see the lack of believability in this movie (many reviewers wrote about that). Maybe it moves too much slowly but the last part, when Elizabeth's character is back, is quite emotional and surprisingly moving. As a director, Ratner is quite better with the actors than with the camera work. But it's nothing terribly shocking (by the way, the version I saw wasn't in widescreen as it was meant to be). The acting is great. Ratner and John Neville are capable and believable in their roles but the one I've found really impressive was Elizabeth Berkley, in one of the best and most vulnerable performances of her career. She proves here to actually be the professional artist she is, not just the girl from "Showgirls". Other cast members cast (Babz Chula, Jay Brazeau and wonderful Rebecca Harker) provides great support to the main performances. Tech credits are good (good camera work in HD, it seems film and a really nice music score). I recommend this movie to everyone. It's impressive and sincere. Two qualities that are hard to find in recent productions.
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