Knots (2004) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
A thumb WAY up for this hard-hitting "behind the
scenes" tell-all biopic of the
small but impressively hung actor who managed to use intimidating
violence and his powerful sexual allure to overcome a squeaky voice and a
bug-eyed stare in becoming one of the few character actors who could
open a picture (as Mr. Limpet, Mr. Chicken, and The Shakiest Gun in
the West), and finally in establishing himself permanently in
America's collective consciousness as the lovable deputy Barney
Oh, wait. I'm thinking of Knotts!
Today's movie is Knots, with one t, and while is isn't as good as the "two t" version, it does have the significant advantage of not being a figment of my imagination.
Knots is yet another "talking about relationships" comedy. Six contemporary urban thirty-somethings get involved in various sexual combinations with one another and the occasional outsider. The familiar characters are all there: the couple with a solid but boring marriage, the sexually predatory bisexual female, the sleazy and sexually predatory male, the nice guy, the nice girl.
The plot, if indeed there is one, involves two parallel questions: (1) what will happen to the married couple after they both cheat separately with the bisexual woman? (2) will the nice girl figure out that she belongs with the nice guy before she ends up married to the sleazy guy?
Knots is pretty much like all of the other films where the characters get together in same-sex pairs to discuss their relationships with the opposite sex in dialogues inspired by old Woody Allen movies. The one thing that really redeems the film, or at least lifts it above the rest of the similar films to hit the streets in the past ten years, is a hilarious performance by John Stamos, in a well written role as the poster-boy handsome slimeball who will tell women anything they want to hear in order to get laid, often going to outlandish lengths to create his pick-up scenarios. (To get the idea, think of the crazy stories Matt Dillon made up when he was trying to pick up Cameron Diaz in There's Something About Mary.) Thanks to Stamos, and Paulina Porizkova as his female equivalent, the film stays funny and moves along briskly. The sentimental moments are offset by humor and the characters are credible and likeable - even Stamos and Porizkova as the horny "villains" seem decent enough underneath their sexual obsessions.
A bit of nudity provided a plus for the film's entertainment value. Paulina Porizkova showed her ex-supermodel figure in some hot girl-on-girl action, and even Annabeth Gish flashed the top of her bum in that scene. Tone Christensen appeared topless in a minor role as one of the many women Stamos was entertaining. Stamos himself flashed the ol' bum in a deleted scene.
Knots was first screened at SXSW in 2004, and was received positively but could not attract a distribution deal. Despite its lack of a theatrical release, it's not bad at all if this kind of movie appeals to you.
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