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3.0 out of 5 stars Three To Tango, 11 Aug 2005
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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