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Easy (2003)

Cast: Marguerite Moreau, Marguerite Moreau, Brian O'Byrne, more...
Director: Jane Weinstock, Jane Weinstock
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Coming of Age
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
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American independent filmmaker Jane Weinstock makes her feature debut with the romantic comedy Easy, shot on digital video. Marguerite Moreau plays Jamie, a single gal living in Los Angeles who makes a living by giving creative names to consumer products. Although she's adept at catching men for her own pleasure, she decides to give up sex for 90 days. The decision is supported by her stoner friend, Martin (D.B. Woodside), and her married sister, Laura (Emily Deschanel). However, some handsome fellows -- poet John (Naveen Andrews) and talk show host Mick (Brian F. O'Byrne) -- cause her to rethink her plan. Easy was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Not as "Easy" as it Looks by talltale March 6, 2005 - 7:59 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Writer/director Jane Weinstock is clearly trying for something special in her film EASY. She's assembled a crack cast, including the always terrific Caroline Goodall and theatre's Brian O'Bryne. Marguerite Moreau makes a sweet and pretty heroine; there's even a wonderful cameo from Roxanne Hart, and the talented Naveen Andrews, Emily Deschanel and John Rothman are on hand, as well.

While the subject--the young woman who's made a lot of wrong choices romantically--is fairly standard, Weinstock's handling of this initially appears to have promise. I think she want to go deeper sexually (there's quite a "real" and lengthy sex scene that trails over interestingly into the next morning) and to hold a mirror up to our all-over-the-place connections--familial and sexual--of modern life.

Although Weinstock bring a nice, offbeat charm to much of the dialog, she isn't able, finally, to hold her mirror steady or reflect something very real. There is a shallowness to all of the characters that makes them work as lightweight romantic comedy figures but not as people who demand or deserve our caring. And Weinstock's "there's a cover for every pot" ending only adds to this sense of generic, feel-good moviemaking.

The undemanding may find "Easy" better than usual, but start thinking at all seriously about it, and it disintegrates. I'd give the film a rating of seven--maybe eight--for its attempt, but a max of five for the realization. If you're looking for a movie that achieves more success in similar territory, try "Seeing Other People."

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