The Very Thought
[PG-13], 88 minutes
Starring Monica Potter, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, Tom Hollander
and Ray Winstone
Screenplay by Peter Morgan
Directed by Nick Hamm
Don't Think too much. Pass it by.
It must have
sounded great in the pitch meeting . . . especially 'cuz The Very Thought
Of You is a British production and those folks have great accents.
It's a fabulous story
of three best friends, mates since childhood. Daniel (Tom Hollander)
is fabulously wealthy; A big record company executive, jetting around
the globe, flying first class, wearing ugly red suits and getting away
with it because he's a big record company executive jetting around the
globe and riding in limousines. Stretch limousines. Very important.
Regardless, he's at passport control at some awful American city . .
. someplace cold . . . Minneapolis
Too much snow.
Bad for the budget
in the summertime. I'll set you up with that lovely Mary Richards person.
She's still single, I'm told
At the airport Daniel
sets his eyes on the woman of his dreams. Her name is Martha (Monica
Potter). Young. Gorgeous. A Julia Roberts type but not as expensive,
and Daniel whips out the corporate credit card and comes up with a wild
scheme to upgrade the lass into first class, in the seat next to him.
And then he puts her up in a first class hotel, spends thousands of
Pounds Sterling but he doesn't land the bird!
No it's not! Because
she's The One. Different rules apply. He tells his mates all about her
and Frank (Rufus Sewell), the perennially out of work ex famous
child star with burning eyes and smoldering temper . .
Ooo . . .
meets Martha and decides that he's going to get what Daniel couldn't
get and then rub the conquest in his friend's face!
Exactly! And while
Frank is boasting of his plan tobachelor
number three, Laurence (Joseph Fiennes)
She's buggered off
. . .
SPOILER WARNING [swipe
the empty space below to see it]
course she's buggered off, because she's already met the perfect man!
that would be . . .
course it would be! Put all four of them in the same place at the same
time and you get?
Not on this budget,
mate. That would require a Bruce Willis type as well. You can have Julia
Roberts or you can have Bruce Willis but you can't have them both .
The sad fact
of the movie business is that many unknown actors who bear more than a
passing resemblance to A-list stars wind up signing for pictures that
would have been bumped up to the A-list if the producers had enough money
to sign the A-list star. When they don't they try to sell their flick
as a "star name-type" movie. The
unfortunate victim in this is star Monica Potter who, even with
blonde hair, is dead on for Julia Roberts. In this tepid but cleverly
conceived romantic comedy (emphasis on the concept, not the execution
which is neither romantic nor funny) Miss Potter has been done a great
wrong. Cranky says this having seen her far superior acting work in Without
Limits, which you can get at the local Blockbuster. Cranky
doesn't have much good to say about the performance of Joseph Fiennes,
either, but Rufus Sewell does have those smouldering burning eyes. That
and a nasty right uppercut is about all his character requires.
Thought Of You has the feel of a television movie, the underdeveloped
kind of script that should've relegated it to teevee and godawful sound
recording -- you won't notice it but I did. It's what I used to do. There's
a clever bit involving the shrink in the apartment upstairs from Fiennes
but that's about it.
a first run movie ticket will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to
set his own price to The Very Thought Of You, he would have paid...
been titled Three Guys and A Girl and sold to CBS. Pass it by.
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