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TWO GIRLS AND A GUY

SYNOPSIS:
Carla (Heather Graham) and Lou (Natasha Gregson Wagner) meet while waiting outside a NY loft. They discover that they are both waiting for the same boyfriend, would-be actor, Blake Allen (Robert Downey Jnr). Carla and Lou sneak into Blake's loft so that they can confront him with his infidelity.

"The set-up is tantalising, the casting is immaculate and the performances sparkling. But somehow, the script never rings true. It's easy to see why this talented trio accepted the roles there's a lot of scope and range in each of them. But the script is so wordy that the words seem to stand in the way of real emotions and any true emotional response. Possibly this piece would work better on stage, where the drama would be maximised and perceived as a positive. Visually, there is much to appreciate in Two Girls and a Guy; the stark, minimalist New York apartment setting is an effective backdrop for an expose of emotions, and the use of tight close ups as Toback attempts to delve into each character's emotions. The camera angles are intriguing and potent; tight single profile head shots of Gregson and Graham are contrasted by multi images of Downey. This clearly reflects the complexity of Downey's character - he is a great performer and has plenty of opportunities here. Graham lights up the screen, while Gregson sparkles, reminiscent of her famous mother, the beautiful Natalie Wood. Issues of monogamy, honesty, relationships and mother fixations are canvassed, although not always to any satisfying conclusion. There are some alluring moments but for the most part, Two Girls and a Guy is a hollow showcase for three talented actors."
Louise Keller

"What could have been an enthralling film is little more than a pretentious and uninspiring talkfest. As cinema, Two Girls and a Guy is none too interesting. It's a theatrical piece of dull emptiness, which takes on appearances of great drama, but is both self-indulgent and enormously shallow. The film takes great pains to explore some interesting themes such as the nature of deception and its place in contemporary relationships, but the film meanders along with an overabundance of profanity, never achieving the level of intelligence it's striving for. The film's major asset, and somewhat of a surprise, is Robert Downey Jnr, who gives a hypnotic performance, so much so, that his less interesting female co-stars don't have much of a chance to compete. But the movie feels more like a bad play, one that has its ideas on tap but no narrative to hang them on."
Paul Fischer

"This is a film which rings of truth....not romantic idealism but three people confronting their true natures - that they lie and also desire, they love and deceive all at the same time. The storyline says there is complexity in all relationships not just simple equations of man and woman, yes or no. James Toback is a rogue independent writer/director of great talent who doesn't make enough films but each time he does, he seems to have stored up enough passion, dark humour and insight into the human condition to make up for his absence. This film rehabilitates (deliberately) Toback's old friend Robert Downey Jnr, and there are moments where Downey must be using his own personal experience to illustrate how a character like Blake, an actor not doing very well, can conjure his way out of yet another disastrous situation. Two Girls and a Guy is a threesome in all senses of the word which confines its characters to one room and then watches them strip. The psychological confrontations here are powerful, and the sweet vengeance of the women is carefully manipulated by Toback to produce a surprising yet honest conclusion."
Hunter Cordaiy

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Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 1

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TWO GIRLS AND A GUY (MA 15+)
(US)

CAST: Robert Downey Jr, Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Angel David, Frederique Van Der Wal

DIRECTOR: James Toback

PRODUCER: Edward R. Pressman, Chris Hanley

SCRIPT: James Toback

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Barry Markowitz

EDITOR: Alan Oxman

MUSIC: Barry Cole

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kevin Thompson

RUNNING TIME: 84 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 15, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: June 9, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Fox







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