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When Will I Be Loved (2004)

Cast: Neve Campbell, Neve Campbell, Frederick Weller, more...
Director: James Toback, James Toback
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Quest, Revenge, Erotica
Running Time: 81 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Directed by James Toback, the erotic drama When Will I Be Loved? revolves around Vera, the debutante girlfriend (Neve Campbell) of a fast-talking hustler (Frederick Weller) who is on the verge of making millions through a big-money gambling venture. Feeling undervalued, Vera explores her sexuality through whatever means she can think of, including explicit discussions with a potential employer, picking up random men, and videotaping steamy trysts with her female lover. When Ford (Weller) proposes that Vera spend the night with Italian media mogul Count Tommaso (Dominic Chianese), who is willing to put up 100,000 dollars for the occasion, Vera concocts a scheme to show both men what her true worth really is. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Be frank here - 'Fading actress sheds clothes in otherise worthless indie film" by TNiksa December 15, 2005 - 11:37 AM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Other than the fact one gets to see Neve Campbell in the shower - twice - this is pretty terrible stuff. Her sleezebag boyfriend played by Frederick Weller is the most unpleasant character I've seen on screen all year - and that includes the Bruno Gratz character in "Downfall." The film as much class as Mike Tyson, who by the way has a cameo.

Answer: Never. by talltale February 12, 2005 - 7:59 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
WHEN WILL I BE LOVED? Best not to ask. James Toback has directed and/or written some interesting, enjoyable films (his documentary "The Big Bang" and "Harvard Man" among them), but when he misses, the results can be ghastly. This one is among his all-time worst. Nothing makes sense. Why would a brilliant, world-class business magnate (Dominic Chianese) allow himself to get snookered over and over by a two-bit pimp (Frederick Weller, in his worst performance) to whom, in anything but Toback's alternate universe, he wouldn't give the time of day? Worse, much of the wretched dialog sounds as if it had been badly improvised on the spot (most of Weller's scenes give you this desperate feeling). Whatever Toback thinks he's saying (regarding sex, love, money, women and self-respect) gets lost, and that may be for the best. If we could figure out what this guy REALLY means, we might have to rethink his entire oeuvre. Neve Campbell gives another "Wild Thing" characterization but is not nearly as much fun here. There is a gorgeous scarlet sofa that looks dazzling and gets a lot of screen time. Otherwise, this 80-minute movie would make a great, masochistic double bill with Spike Lee's "She Hate Me." Lee's "masterwork" is an hour longer (a short running time is Toback's saving grace), but both films scrape the bottom of an already chafed barrel.

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