Just One Time

"Weak"

Just One Time Review


Just One Time has that Sex in the City feeling -- if only they never left the East Village.

A New York indie romantic comedy in the classic vein, Just One Time is writer/producer/director/star Lane Janger's fifth time around as a filmmaker but is his first major in front of the camera. To my surprise, he's not bad -- which probably means the source material is ripped from his personal headlines (but who am I to say?).

The story's got a sitcom feel: NYC firefighter Anthony (Janger) is about to get married to fiancee Amy (Joelle Carter). But Anthony's life-long dream is to be in bed with two women getting it on. He pushes and pushes Amy and finally she gives in, on the condition that he do the same for her with another guy. He agrees; wacky relationship issues ensue.

Most memorable in the film are The Other Guy and The Other Girl, Guillermo Díaz and Jennifer Esposito (Summer of Sam) respectively. Both are nutty and memorable supporting stars, not to mention better actors altogether. In fact, the only real dead fish in the cast is Carter, who imbues Amy with, well, nothing much. Emotionally dead, it is inconceivable that feisty Anthony would really want anything to do with her. In fact, Just One Time would have been a much better film if Anthony had ended up running off with Díaz's Victor instead.

But alas, happy and expected endings are the rule of the day, and sure enough, that's what we get. The era of "straight man dabbles in gay culture" is no longer taboo, and movies like Trick, Better than Chocolate, and countless others that have taken us down this road in recent months just don't cut it any more. It's not a bad way to spend 90 minutes, but not fantastic cinema either.

And one time only!



Facts and Figures

Run time: 111 mins

In Theaters: Friday 17th November 2000

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Anthony, as Victor


Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Amy Movie Review

Amy Movie Review

As with his Formula One documentary Senna, filmmaker Asaf Kapadia cleverly uses archival footage to...

Terminator Genisys Movie Review

Terminator Genisys Movie Review

This declining franchise really needed a jolt to the head, but the producers disappointingly opt...

Magic Mike XXL Movie Review

Magic Mike XXL Movie Review

Resisting the temptation to capitalise on the camp value of these characters, Channing Tatum and...

She's Funny That Way Movie Review

She's Funny That Way Movie Review

Wacky enough to make us smile but never laugh out loud, this screwball comedy harks...

Advertisement
Everly Movie Review

Everly Movie Review

A relentless onslaught of violent action, this movie is notable mainly because there's a woman...

Slow West Movie Review

Slow West Movie Review

First-time feature filmmaker John Maclean takes a strikingly original approach to the Western, creating a...

Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Despite this being a film about Sherlock Holmes, the fact that it's not much of...

Entourage Movie Review

Entourage Movie Review

Both shameless and shamelessly entertaining, this relentlessly boyish movie carries on exactly as the TV...

Advertisement