(1998) from Tuna
|Desafinado (2001), aka Off Key, is a
Spanish comedy made in English and featuring an International cast.
Ariadna Gil shows breasts and buns in a very dark
|It is the story of three operatic tenors
who performed all over the world together, until a disastrous
performance in Mexico City, where they split for good. Now, they are
getting together at the French Villa for the wedding of one of the three
to the daughter of another. To further complicate things, the bride's (Ariadna
Gil) mother is married to the third trio member now. The father of the
bride, who has fallen on hard times, hires a hooker to accompany him,
and help with his plot to reunite the trio as performers. The
groom-to-be has a son, who isn't really his, and who secretly has the
hots for Gil.
The entire film takes place at the French villa amid
preparations for the wedding, and revelations about who has slept with
whom and when. The cast includes Americans Danny Aiello, George Hamilton and Joe Mantegna as the three tenors. The film was simply not my kind of
humor, and I often like romantic comedies. I was relieved to see
the ending credits roll.
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Scoop's notes: this is the same director who did Why Do They Say Love
When They Mean Sex?, a truly twisted comedy which I liked -
probably the world's raunchiest chick-flick, and
Seriously Damage Your Health, a mainstream estrogen comedy which
is rated 7.9 by female voters at IMDb.
- with their dollars: it has not been
released in the US as yet, having screened theatrically in
Spain and Italy.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
I can't give this more than a C-. Technically, it
was fine, but the script didn't provide enough material to make
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