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Stop the Quirkiness
written by SFeldman May 18, 2004 - 2:00 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The filmmaker wanted to make a quirky romantic movie and on that level he more or less succeeded. But there is far too much quirkiness for quirkiness's sake. Weird characters and situations are just thrown in such as a scene with a brass band at an airport and leather clad women at a strange motel. Every character is far too broadly drawn and are almost cartoonish. Daydream sequences are thrown in and do nothing. The male and female leads are enjoyable characters but there is really zero chemistry between them. I would like to see both of them in other movies.

A real sleeper
written by underdog December 25, 2003 - 11:21 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
One of my favorite little sleeper films of the last few years is finally out on DVD. With an extremely likeable cast of unknowns, an amusing choice of locations, and a winning (if predictable) love story, it's a really hard film to dislike -- if you can forgive the fact that the plot centers on a few contrivances. The screwball comedy-meets-road movie story centers around a very shy African American geek (played with disarming deadpan by memorable newcomer Tunde Adebimpe) whose family has fixed him up for an arranged marriage with an African bride he barely knows. He heads to Niagara Falls for the wedding. Oh, but the fates have other plans for him -- helped out by the Pepe Le Pew-meets-Cupid Frenchman he hitches a ride with, and the gal he keeps bumping into along the way. Hopkins' film is a visually inspired and sweetly natured comedy, with a delightful retro look and feel, and a bouncy lounge-ish soundtrack (with a couple of memorable dance sequences that Hal Hartley or Godard would appreciate), the story unfolds at a leisurely trot but just go along on the ride and you'll have a smile on your face at the end.


(Average 6.83)
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