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Issue: Summer 2010-1

Love on the Side (2004) movie review

Love in a Small Town


Eve (Marla Sokoloff) is co-owner of a local diner where she waits on tables with the busty and outrageous Alma (Jennifer Tilly). Eve would like to lose 20 pounds (10 kilos) and win the heart of a local boy, her brother's best friend.

It seems like an impossible dream, although one she keeps making tentative steps towards, when a gorgeous blonde, Linda (Monika Schnarre), comes to town. To the boy's dismay Linda is more interested in spending time with Eve than with them.

Movie poster Love on the Side, Festivale film review; 220x278

Movie poster, Love on the Side

Love on the Side is a modern romantic comedy. It's small town setting makes it less glossy than the classic romantic comedy, however it has the grace to rely on situations rather than (gag) gags for its humour.

Not a film to set the world on fire, the writer, director and actors play their parts without trying to force the story to be more than it is -- a simple story about people looking for a happy ending. Kudos especially to Jennifer Tilly for her unashamed brassiness.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 2004
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Title: Love on the Side (2004)
Written by: Brigitte Talevski
Directed by: Vic Sarin
Running time: 102 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Marla Sokoloff, Jennifer Tilly ,Monika Schnarre, Jonathan Cherry, Barry Watson

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