Advice From A Caterpillar (1999) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|A romantic quadrangle about the lives of
New Yorkers with mixed sexual proclivities.
Nixon plays an acclaimed conceptual artist, a kooky and
independent person living alone in Greenwich Village. Her
social life is centered around a really straight married
banker with whom she has great sex, and her best friend,
who is a homosexual man in the artistic community.
She thinks there is something
crucial missing from her life, and this causes her some
depression, but she is coping, and is fundamentally
pleased with her life.
Nixon's breasts are visible in three separate sex
scenes. In the first, long distance away with her
on top. In the second, just a nipple escaped from
a bra, but the third time was a charm with a
clear and illuminated close-up.
gets complicated. The homosexual man has a bisexual
boyfriend. The rich married guy invites her and the gay
couple to spend the weekend at his summer home upstate.
The complication is that Cynthia and the bisexual guy get
really involved before the weekend arrives, and that
turns out to be pretty uncomfortable for everyone.
It's really just a typical
romantic comedy, except that the special hook is the
muddled sexual orientation of the participants. The same
script with heterosexual twentysomethings would attract
no attention at all. Well, come to think of it, this one
didn't attract any attention either, but at least it got
simple, unadorned 4:3 transfer. Available only at
Blockbuster. No features at all, not even a
chapter selector. Just a movie. Period.
|The good news: It's
cute. The characters are well developed and complex, and
all fairly likeable and human.
The bad news: Same old same old. Except
for the sexual orientation hook, you'll probably get the
impression you've seen it before. A bunch of times. The
other comment I have may just be a personal taste thing,
but I didn't like the art direction. I thought there was
far too much use of bright gaudy colors. My eyes have a
limited tolerance for lime green walls next to royal blue
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