Love Stinks

Love Stinks

5.0 6
Director: Jeff Franklin

Cast: French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson, Bill Bellamy

     
 

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What happens when you realize that your new girlfriend isn't going to be the love of your life -- but she doesn't happen to agree? Seth Winnick (French Stewart) is a television writer attending the wedding of his close friends Larry (Bill Bellamy) and Holly (Tyra Banks), where he meets a strikingly beautiful woman named Chelsea (Bridgette Wilson). Seth falls in love… See more details below

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What happens when you realize that your new girlfriend isn't going to be the love of your life -- but she doesn't happen to agree? Seth Winnick (French Stewart) is a television writer attending the wedding of his close friends Larry (Bill Bellamy) and Holly (Tyra Banks), where he meets a strikingly beautiful woman named Chelsea (Bridgette Wilson). Seth falls in love with Chelsea, and she feels the same way. But before long, Chelsea wants a more permanent commitment; and the more Seth backs off, the more Chelsea makes clear that she's not giving him up. Before long Seth is desperate to get away -- and Chelsea is not about to let that happen. Love Stinks marked the first leading film role for comic actor French Stewart, best known for his work as Harry, the chronically puzzled alien on the television series Third Rock from the Sun.

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The saying goes that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in the case of Love Stinks, you shouldn't judge it by the video box...or the title...or the male lead. It's better than those external elements suggest, but how could it be worse: Bridgette Wilson, clad in lingerie and a veil, digs her stiletto heel into the back of a bound and gagged French Stewart -- that's right, the most annoying of the annoying aliens on Third Rock From the Sun. But the J. Geils Band need not cringe -- Jeff Franklin's story is surprisingly clever, especially Stewart's snappy lines, which strike the right tone for a sitcom writer adept at riffing on the fly. Stewart manages to set aside the goofy affect, and a number of game supporters flesh out the ensemble, including Jason Bateman and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen spoofing their television backgrounds, and Seinfeld alums Steve Hytner (Banya) and John O'Hurley (Peterman). This might all translate into a dandy recommendation if it weren't for the little matter of all the misogyny. At first starting with a mild and truthful sketch of a woman pushing a tad too hard to get married, Franklin reduces Wilson's character to a hell-bent shrew without any remaining shreds of sympathy. As the movie degenerates into a succession of alternating revenge fantasies, it loses its deceptively shrewd edge, slipping from observant relationship comedy to simplistic portrait of one-sided obsessiveness. Sometimes the cover isn't that far off after all.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2000
UPC:
0043396045521
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
French Stewart Seth Winnick
Bridgette Wilson Chelsea Turner
Bill Bellamy Larry Garnett
Tyra Banks Holly Garnett
Steve Hytner Marty Mark
Jason Bateman Jesse Travis
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen Rebecca Melini
Shanna Moakler Tawny

Technical Credits
Jeff Franklin Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Craig Baumgarten Executive Producer
Mark Borde Executive Producer
Uta Briesewitz Cinematographer
Richard Candib Editor
Ferne Cassel Casting
Greta Grigorian Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Hearst Asst. Director
Todd Hoffman Producer
Pamela Marcotte Production Designer
Ileane Meltzer Costumes/Costume Designer
Sterling Meredith Musical Direction/Supervision
Adam Merims Producer
Bennett Salvay Score Composer
Phillip Seretti Sound/Sound Designer
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision

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