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Here he plays Oscar Novak, a struggling architect who along with his partner Peter Steinberg (Oliver Platt) has the chance to land a fantastic deal with big city property developer Charles Newman (Dylan McDermott). And now the one single joke of the whole plot comes along. At their initial interview with Newman the assumption is made that Novak, like his business partner Steinberg, is gay. Presuming that a gay man isn't going to be interested in women, Newman asks Novak to spy on his mistress, Amy Post (Neve Campbell) who he suspects might be cheating on him.
What follows then is a series of misunderstanding as Novak's friends, business associates and even strangers on the bus believe that despite his most enthusiastic protests, that he is homosexual. This culminates with Novak being awarded the Chicago Gay Man of the Year award.
Perry is great fun and although we've watched the act hundreds of times through the "Friends" series it's till extremely entertaining. Neve Campbell is pixie cute and has a real glint in her eye, she has great fun with her role and is extremely engaging. Best of the supporting cast was Oliver Platt as Novak's business partner, with a one-liner quip at every opportunity he steals many a scene and is very very funny. There's also some extremely comic scenes, Novak's father's reaction to the news his son is gay is hilarious.
Now let's be realistic, this is a fun, watchable film, but it is not a 5-star film. It's a way to while away an hour and a half or so, but it's not a classic.Read more ›
Newman is married and also has a mistress, who's an artist, called, Amy Post (Neve Campbell).
Due to a misconception early on, Newman thinks Oscar and Peter are partners in more than just the business sense and so, gets Oscar to spy on his mistress when he's not around as he jealously thinks that she may go off with another man.
Trying to keep Newman happy, Oscar agrees then meets Amy and falls for her.
Naturally, it comes out that they think he's gay and in order not to lose the possibility of the job, Oscar finds he has to play along.
One of the great and funny things about the film is just how much his ruse escalates totally out of control until finally his friends of several years and even his parents believe he really is gay.
Matthew Perry is excellent in this role which also gives him the opportunity to play it 'real' where, personally, I think he's at his best. Very few actors get to me like he does when he's portraying hurt and inner struggle - really pulls on the heartstrings. Fantastic acting.
Neve Campbell as Amy was lively and fun and it's easy to see why Oscar would fall for her.
The moment when Amy is about to kiss Oscar and then realises what she's doing and their following fight over Newman is one of the best in the film for both actors.
You can really see the turmoil they're both having - she because she's falling for what she thinks is a 'gay' guy and he because he hates seeing her with Newman but can't tell her of his true feelings due to his loyalty to his friend, Steinberg who will go bankrupt if they lose the job.
All in all a warm and touching film that is extremely funny in places. One to watch again and again.
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