A bunch of connected strangers and friends star in an interesting but ultimately lame and confusing romantic comedy about the ripple effects upon which a kiss (or is it sex?) can cause.
Ron Eldard, Kyra Sedgwick, Patrick Breen, Marisa Tomei, Marley Shelton and Taye Diggs star in Just a Kiss, a disturbing and lackluster film from director Fisher Stevens. Eldard plays a lady's man who has just cheated on his girlfriend with his best friend's girlfriend, or something along those lines. Honestly, I don't know exactly what happened in the movie, because it takes a weird twist at the end that I didn't really care to pay attention to. So anyway, pretty much every character kisses or sleeps with every other character, and Marisa Tomei, who has seen big success over the last two years, plays a psychotic fan of a commercial actor.
Again, this review will be short because I have no clue what happened during Just a Kiss. It is a comedy, but it's also a drama at times, and the two never seem to balance out. Eldard gets beaten to a pulp, one of the other characters tries to commit suicide, and Tomei tries to kill everyone else. Yes, she tries to kill everyone else.
The characters are strange enough, but the director decided to spice up his film by "drawing" parts of the movie. None of the scenes are actually hand drawn, but he used a technique that "paints" over real footage. This technique, used properly and under the right circumstances, could be effective, but in Just a Kiss, it is just distracting. Not once did I see the value of the painted scenes, but most of the time I noticed the disadvantages.
I really have no clue why the actors chose to be in this film, and I really have no clue what the movie is about. I dazed over after a few minutes, and the last ten minutes completely threw me for a loop. On a normal day, I probably would have had no problem understanding the movie, but then again, on a normal day, I wouldn't have forced myself to sit through a film such as this.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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