Eat Your Heart Out
(1997) from Tuna
|Eat Your Heart Out (1997) stars Christian
Oliver, Pamela Segall, and John Craig as three long-time friends who
share a loft in LA. Oliver is a talented chef who gives classes at a
food supply store, Segall is a wannabe artist, and Craig is a totally
uncouth Neanderthal, who works as a butcher, and everyone likes anyway.
Segall is clearly wanting a relationship with Oliver, but Oliver goes
through one woman after another looking for Miss right. Up to this
point, the film had the feel of one of those pilots where they introduce
a bunch of quirky characters that you fall in love with, and just know
the series will be great.
Segall shows one breast near the beginning of the
film when Craig peeks at her dressing.
Unfortunately, as the story progresses, events take
over, and what could have become a great character-driven comedy turns
into a set of romantic cliches. Oliver lands a TV cooking show, where
he talks to female viewers as he cooks, and lets fame and fortune go
to his head. The film had me hooked at the 10 minute mark, then
seriously lost its way, degenerating into a predictable romantic
comedy. What a waste of a great start, and a wonderful supporting cast
which included Laura San Giacomo and Linda Hunt.
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, this film is a C-.
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