Fisher Stevens's JUST A KISS is just a waste -- a waste of good actors' talents
and a waste of your time. The actors go through the motions, but none of them
visibly care for their work, which is not surprising given how unappealingly
their characters are written.
A musical bed comedy, the movie concerns a collection of people who sleep with
whoever is closest. The opening scene has a woman awaking from a drunken
stupor. She isn't sure who the guy is that she slept with. She feels a bit
better when he tells her that he had had a performance problem the night before
and wasn't quite able to consummate their tryst.
When the characters, played by Ron Eldard, Kyra Sedgwick, Patrick Breen, Marisa
Tomei, Marley Shelton and Taye Diggs, aren't engaged in sexual escapades, they
do things like showing off their suicide scars.
Ah, then there is the film's wonderful dialog. "You were a much better dancer
when you were a bulimic," Rebecca's (Marley Shelton) mother and the head of her
dance company yells at her during rehearsal. "Why don't you take that up again?
We could keep buckets at both ends of the stage." There's nothing like
Only as a possible advertisement for Sharper Image could the movie have worked.
The characters use what has to be the world's tiniest cell phone. Sharper Image
missed a good opportunity by not getting their name on it since the phone is the
only memorable part of the production. (Well, there is also random rotoscoping
of the images, à la WAKING LIFE, but it is done only for effect and not a very
impressive effect at that.)
JUST A KISS runs 1:29. It is rated R for "strong sexual images and language"
and would be acceptable for older teenagers.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes