Standing on Fishes Movie Review

OK, this is odd. What business do two unknown actors have making a highfalutin vanity project? From the writing/directing/acting team of Meredith Scott Lynn (you'd recognize her as a frequent supporting actress if you saw her) and Bradford Tatum (you wouldn't) comes this oddball comedy about relationships and prosthetic vaginas.

Seriously.

It's a hodgepodge of stories focusing on the two leads as they deal with a slapdash romance: namely he's easygoing, but she's extremely PC, full of herself, and argumentative to an extreme. Presumably we are supposed to think they are both a little kooky, but Tatum is so straightforward and Tatum is so insane you can't help but wish for them to split up.

Eventually they do, and along the way we're introduced to a crazy movie director (Kelsey Grammer), who has commissioned the aforementioned rubber vagina (milked for every ounce of humor you can fathom), Tatum's crazy assistant (an oversexed and emotionally resigned Jason Priestley, a highlight of the film), a crazy tenant for Tatum (Lauren Fox), and various other random characters who flit in and out of the picture.

None of this manages to hide that Standing on Fishes is a movie about nothing -- and with a meaningless title. It has a number of charming vignettes -- and even I have to admit that crazy vagina is good for a few laughs -- but the abrasive Scott Lynn frequently makes you long for a merciful end to the picture.

Comments

Standing on Fishes Rating

" OK "

Rating: NR, 1999

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