I've long been wondering why Debra Messing hasn't been doing feature films.
She's a warm-hearted beauty with acting skill and pitch perfect comedy
timing, all well showcased in her weekly TV hit, "Will and Grace." At last
it's happened and, while her first big splash in the medium is a bit of
silly, light- hearted comedy with a weak premise and shaky basis, it is
likely to find a quickly adoring and appreciative audience.
Kat Ellis (Messing) is hardly the kind of person you'd expect would need to
hire a male escort. Hey, this is a bombshell who should be beating adoring
men away with a stick. Okay, so we'll accept that she hasn't been out much
lately and she works in an all-female office and that she has no other choice
but to hire Nick Mercer, the mercenary (Dermot Mulroney) to make like he's her
latest boyfriend in order to impress her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey (Jeremy
Sheffield) with the appearance of emotional happiness when she returns to
London for her younger sister Amy's (Amy Adams) wedding to his best friend.
This is important, see. She can't very well show up like a weak and
widowized reject. A little jealousy, please, to raise the self-esteem level,
don't you know. Well the hunky Mr. Mercenary produces the desired effect.
First on her gaggle of gal pals who fall all over themselves in the presence
of tight buns, then her family, and finally the object of her revenge,
Jeffrey. Before this little escapade is over, the weasel is going to have
his tongue hanging out imploring her to return to him and have us wondering
what she saw in him in the first place.
But, it seems, the satisfaction doesn't end there. At the point of ultimate
vengeance, the accomplishment feels empty. A little predictable chemistry
has been going on and new desires have been activated. This formulation
isn't Dr. Stephen W. Hawking ("The Future of Theoretical Physics and
Cosmology") but for some of those who will come to feast at this party, it's
If the scenario's obvious nature and simple design doesn't turn you off, then
your appetite for a lighter than air entertainment will reward you with the
necessary physical ingredients. Plenty of stereotypical lust talk from the
ladies and, for the guys, the concentration of dressed-up, revealing female
pulchritude is concentrated enough, in places, to clear out some plaque.
It's not up to "Four Weddings and a Funeral" with Hugh Grant, or "My
Best Friend's Wedding" with Julia Roberts (and... Dermont
Mulroney who seems to be establishing a foothold on this material)
but the cake tastes pretty much the same in the end.
Director Clare Kilner and writer Dana Fox at least tried for a variation on
the formulaic comedy-wedding plot, but trying ain't succeeding. If the
nonsense about hiring a hunk in order to provide a cute meet isn't what
brings it down, the straying into too much of the dull ex-boyfriend Jeffrey
sub-plot will serve to spoil the recipe.
However, with La Debra finally in the picture, all I can say is, "give us more
Messing." The lady is luscious and if this first date was a dud, I'm willing
to go out with her again.
~~ Jules Brenner