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Love on the Side (2004)

A small-town waitress vies with a sassy city slicker for the attention of the town's most eligible bachelor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marla Sokoloff ... Eve Stuckley
Jennifer Tilly ... Alma
Monika Schnarre ... Linda Avery
Dave Thomas ... Red
Jonathan Cherry ... Chuck Stuckley
Marnie Alton ... Verline
Barry Watson ... Jeff Sweeney
Peter Benson ... Marquee Man
Kee Chan ... Stoney
Len Doncheff ... Len
Aaron Grain ... Chip Owens
Jesse Moss ... Dwayne
Alvin Sanders ... Walt
Frank C. Turner ... Wilbur
Matthew Safran Matthew Safran ... Radio Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

Small town waitress Eve Stuckley is stuck. She has spent years pining for testosterone saturate local hunk Jeff Sweeney and yearns to escape from the Hog-Chow Diner she runs. Just when Eve finally decides to pursue her man, drop dead gorgeous Linda Avery blows into town on the hottest day of the year. The heat wave is nothing in comparison with the heat that's on as Jeff and Eve's dimwitted brother Chuck decide to face off for Linda's affections. It's a priceless contest: Linda wants Eve. Eve's confidante Alma Kerns is a sexpert trained by mortician beau Red Bishop. She encourages Eve to use Linda's interest in her to win Jeff's affection but the situation becomes even more complicated when Linda advises Jeff she prefers Eve. Now determined to "save" Eve, the narcissistically injured Jeff elicits Chuck's aid but Chuck, thinking it's part of the game, refuses to believe him. Ultimately, Jeff and Linda square off over Eve's future. Determined to anchor his position, Jeff "marks his ... Written by Sepia Films

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual references and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love on the Side See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Trivia

Premiering at the Vancouver International Film Festival under the Canadian Images Program. See more »

Goofs

Katharine Hepburn's name is misspelled as "Katherine" on the theatre marquee. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Sweeney: You need to find yourself a decent boy.
Eve Stuckley: Define decent.
Jeff Sweeney: I don't know. But a boy at least.
Eve Stuckley: You're a boy.
Jeff Sweeney: Yeah, I'm a boy. And half-way decent, too. At least sometimes I feel like I am.
Eve Stuckley: Yeah, I guess you are when you are not talking about all that comic book stuff.
Jeff Sweeney: The truth is I've always felt decent when I'm with you.
Eve Stuckley: That's what Linda says, too.
Jeff Sweeney: Evie, what's gonna happen with you and Linda?
Eve Stuckley: What do you think is gonna happen with me and Linda?
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Written by Rose Ranger & Craig Zurba
Performed by Rose Ranger
Courtesy of Coast Music/Pacific-Warner Canada
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interesting off-center rom-com
25 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Eve Stuckley (Marla Sokoloff) is a waitress and the owner of a diner in Squamish. She pines for Jeff Sweeney (Barry Watson) but he doesn't notice. Alma (Jennifer Tilly) is a fellow waitress who is dating funeral director Red (Dave Thomas). Just when Eve is about to do something about Jeff, outsider Linda Avery (Monika Schnarre) walks into the diner catching Jeff's attention. Linda is staying at the Sweeney Inn. She shocks Eve by making out with her. The bisexual Linda sets off competing love interests. Jeff and Eve's brother Chuck battle for her attention.

Sokoloff is adorable. The only thing is that she's can't sell being fat. Linda could have been a very limited character but she turns out to be quite interesting. On the hand, Jeff is much less interesting. I can live with a wacky Jennifer Tilly. Pairing her up with a wacky Dave Thomas is a little too much. It's a low budget Canadian rom-com but it does take a few compelling turns. It's not top-level production but it's worth a look.


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