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Two Girls and a Guy movie review

Two Girls and a Guy

It's kind of sex, lies and a New York loft. Two women wait for their returning boyfriend, only to discover not only that they are waiting for the same man, but also that he has been telling them exactly the same lies -- word for word.

The cast is well-known and competent, and the loft is absolutely wonderful. In effect, this is a one-act play where a liar is confronted by his lies, and his 'victims' respond with equally dark motivation. It's a one-room set, albeit an interesting one, and the script is the kind of thing one expects in live theatre, rather than on the big screen.

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Part way through the film there is an explicit, poorly-lit sex scene which in no way furthers the story or the characterisation, and for a moment I thought I was watching a sex film with better than usual acting. But no, it was back to the talk-talk exploration of human self-created angst.

Why I found this film so disappointing was explained in part by the director of Pushing Tin, where he pointed out in Premiere that sometimes writers and actors fall prey to the rhythm, creating a possibly hypnotic effect that doesn't feel real to the audience. The director wanted to encourage physical improvisation, and that forced him to keep his camera stationary and far away from the actors. The occasional close ups seem all the more artificial as a result. The soundtrack is also relatively free from effects and music, which I missed. Music is an important part of the film experience, adding a layer for the film makers to provide information, create atmosphere, and move the film along. Given the talent on the screen, we could expect better.

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Due for Australian release April, 1999
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Title: Two Girls and a Guy (1998)
Written by: James Toback
Directed by: James Toback
Produced by: Edward R. Pressman, Chris Hanley, Michael Mailer, Daniel Bigel
Edited by: Alan Oxman
Director of Photography: Barry Markowitz
running time: 92
rating: MA

The Players: Robert Downey Jr, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Heather Graham
Official websitewww.foxsearchlight.com/twogirls/
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