on 13 August 2004
"Lvoe Potion No. 9", inspired by the song of the same name, sounds like on of the worst films ever made. However, the film is quite sweet and has a few laugh-out-loud moments, and will be a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
The film tells the story of a two scientist dweebs (Tate Donavan & Sandra Bullock)who discover a love potion. This potion allows them to become irresistable to the opposite sex simply by speaking. Problems then arrive when other people get hold of the potion.
The tempo of the film is a reasnoably upbeat, fast pace and this succeeds in keeping the audiences attention throughout, without it ever getting too boring or stupid. Don't get me wrong, the film doesn't take itself seriously at all, and at moments their are some quiet low humour, a scene with chimps in comes to mind. However, these don't succeed in ruining the film. The final picture of the film is a glossy romantic comedy.
However that is all. Although enjoyable, the film doesn't not deliver anything special, new, poiyant or particularly grabbing. I watched the film a few days ago, and I'm confident that soon it will fade into obscurity and only this review will remind of it.
Sandra Bullock provides yet another performance of the same character that we seen in all her films, but in fairness this is a film pre-speed and so at them moment of shooting didn't have the rest of her films to base her performance on. Tate Donavan provides an adequate perfomance, but won't succeed in "wowing" anyone. However, the on screen chemistry between the two is very tender and sweet, and probably will deserve a little "awwww" when the inevitable happens at the end of the film.
"Love Potion No.9" is a entertaining rom-com that will succeed in making you laugh and have a pleasant experience. However, the film doesn't provide anything you won't experinece in other films of it's type, and you will sound place it at the back of your mind never to resurface again.
on 26 March 2002
Loser in love Paul (Donovan)is a biochemist who is given a bottle of love potion no.8 by a gypsy.He confides in equally geeky comparative pscho-biologist(!!) Diane (Bullock), who he secretly fancies. The two oddballs test the potion on themselves and immediately become attractive to members of the oppposite sex and they take full advantage of this! They meet up and look set to live happily ever after, until Diane suddenly says she's in love with her ex-lover, but all isn't as it seems and only love potion no. 9 offers Paul any chance of winning her back.
Enjoyable at times, but average performances from the two leads and a bland ending indicate why this film isn't particularly well known.