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5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance with a Twist
Architect, Oscar Novak (Matthew Perry) and his business partner, Peter Steinberg (Oliver Platt) are desperate to secure a high profile job working for tycoon, Charles Newman.
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...
Published on 22 Mar. 2003 by K. Anderson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three To Tango
Can Matthew Perry play anything else other than Chandler? Should he and does he need to anyway? With the fame and success he's made out of the role of cute mild-mannered but slightly wacky 30-something you can't really blame him for doing it again.
Here he plays Oscar Novak, a struggling architect who along with his partner Peter Steinberg (Oliver Platt) has the...
Published on 11 Aug. 2005 by Rich Milligan


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three To Tango, 11 Aug. 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Can Matthew Perry play anything else other than Chandler? Should he and does he need to anyway? With the fame and success he's made out of the role of cute mild-mannered but slightly wacky 30-something you can't really blame him for doing it again.
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. But also don't forget, that because it's meant to be throwaway and fun there's nothing to get po-faced about. There is a temptation to perhaps get a little annoyed with the one-joke story line and the hundreds upon hundreds of stereotypical assumptions and prejudices about the gay lifestyle. But to get heated about this piece of entertainment would be wrong, it's jolly, it's enjoyable, just sit back and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance with a Twist, 22 Mar. 2003
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Architect, Oscar Novak (Matthew Perry) and his business partner, Peter Steinberg (Oliver Platt) are desperate to secure a high profile job working for tycoon, Charles Newman.
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, tired plot, saved by appealing cast, 15 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
The plot is one of those situations that could only ever happen in a movie - desperate to win a contract, Matthew Perry falls victim to a misunderstanding - that he is gay - and has to go along with it, lest he lose the contract. The reason he might lose the contract, is that the rich builder offering the contract has asked Perry to watch over his cute mistress (Neve Campbell), assuming that Perry is `safe'.
Of course, Perry and Campbell fall in love, lots of comic moments ensue as Perry pretends to be gay, truth then comes out and she is devastated, but right at the end she.. oh, you've been here before..? Yes, it is true rom-com assembly line stuff, but where it scores is the casting. Perry does Chandler to perfection - No stretch for him, but it works well, so lets go with it.. and Neve Campbell is just so doggone easy on the eyes and downright appealing that they win you over with their undeniable chemistry.
It has a few laugh out loud moments, a few cringeworthy moments, but a one or two star movie is pulled up to three by the main duo plus a great supporting cast of Oliver Platt (as the actual gay partner), John McGinley (from Scrubs) and even Kelly Rowan (from The O.C.), plus a healthy dollop of energy in the direction.
Undemanding, smile-raising, but utterly forgettable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in places, but never really fulfils its promise, 22 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
A romantic screwball comedy with obvious nods to the Frank Tashlin films of the late 1950s, and Doris Day and Rock Hudson's dryly witty trio of romance films, 'Three to Tango' is an enjoyable and moving, if inconsistent, film. The film centers upon a love-triangle between Oskar Novak (Matthew Perry), his adulterous boss Charles (Dylan McDermott), and Charles' mistress, Amy (in a wonderful turn from Neve Campbell), as Charles hires Oskar, whom he wrongly believes to be gay, to keep an eye on Amy (whom Charles worries might have her eye on other men). The actually heterosexual Oskar quickly falls in love with Amy, and comedy and romance ensue. The chemistry between Perry and Cambell is the best thing about 'Three to Tango', and their awkward route towards romance is both plausible and highly entertaining, and both characters are held together well by a script which provides a good blend of heartfelt moments and gentle, slightly low-brow jokes. However, McDermott's character is nothing more than a ridiculous stereotype, and his relationship with the free-spirited, kindly Amy (not to mention her liasons with this married man), seem ill in keeping with the general portrayal of her character.

Indeed, it is the inclusion of a handful of poorly-written characters, and the sometimes clunky treatment of the issue of homosexuality which keeps 'Three to Tango' from being a genuinely excellent film. John C. McGinley and Bob Balaban are both undoubtedly good actors, but, like McDermott, are written into cliched and dull roles, which unfortunately highlight the film's refusal to truly branch out and engage its subjects. The attitude to homosexuality, whilst mature at times (such as in Perry's moving speech towards the film's close) are undercut by crass jokes about Oskar's father being intensely relieved about his son's true sexuality, and the gay characters in the film do veer rather too much towards stereotype. It's a real shame, as 'Three to Tango' has two superb lead performances to offer - from Perry and Campbell respectively -, a positive and relevant message about homosexuality, which it manages to keep to some of the time, and to top things off, it is sumptuously shot, and backed with a wonderful, lively jazz score. 'Three to Tango' is worth a watch, but for all its good points, it does feel like rather a missed opportunity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Perry in average movie, 1 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Mattthew Perry is funny. He is also always Matthew Perry. Whether you watch 'friends', 'studio 66', or 'three to tango', you are looking at the same guy with the same timing and the same quirky mannerisms. Nothing wrong with that. If it works for Al Pacino, why can,t Matthew do it? In this case, Matthews Funnieness and Neve Campbell's charm and sex-appeal save an otherwise forgettable movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film was very romantic with a humourous twist., 1 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
It was very funny. Matthew Perry is an excellent actor. It was a romantic comedy with a common flavour, a triangle of people. At times it was kind of predictable but in the end i enjoyed it very much.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, romantic and wholly enjoyable., 21 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Well I may be a little biased coz I LOVE Matthew Perry, and I have to admit that yes, this character is Chandler all over again. However my advice is just relax into this film without analysing it too much, and enjoy the hilarious comedy arising from what happens when Oscar's friends, family, and eventually whole city, falsely believe he is gay. This combined with the bitter-sweet romantic theme of unrequited love, followed by a totally Hollywood happy ending, make for one of my favourite films in years. I first watched it with a group of female friends and when it ended it got a huge spontaneous round of applause - which says it all. A chick-flick through and through!
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3.0 out of 5 stars a witty and unusual love story, 8 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This is a constantly witty and enjoyable film to watch.Matthew Perry falls in love with Neve Campbell but she has been told Perry is gay and wishes he wasn't.Perry is unable to tell her he is really heterosexual
(he is an architect and a new contract depends on him maintaining his pretence to be gay).Perry's own friends start to believe he is homosexual.
Lots of gentle, well thought out humour and decent dialogue and acting.
No bonus features - just a trailer for the film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Again and Again and Again, 13 Jan. 2005
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This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
id just like to say im a bit of a movie buff and have had over 500 dvds in my collection lots of which i have ended up getting tired of and sold but this film has been on my shelf for five years and will be until dvds are made obsolete, now i know this film is no GODFATHER but it is what it is and it is a great cuddly romantic comedy. ive watched this film over 15 times and i still love it everytime, the characters are great and its such a feel good movie. now i am a matthew perry fan which i suppose makes it a bit better for me, but its still a real easy film to watch for anyone and it also led me to the wonder that is Duncan Sheik who sings the song THAT SAYS IT ALL which is one of my favourite songs. dont let it slip through your fingers, it opens a gate to a whole new world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant comedy with a funny lead actor, 26 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Three To Tango [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Call me mad if you want, but I think Matthew Perry is a funny guy. I have enjoyed movies of his that were universally slated as unwatchable dribble such as The Whole Nine Yards, its sequel and Serving Sara.

I thought this film was funny and competently written and directed. It is not a great film but I think it is a lot better than you would expect it to be. I would recommend it.
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