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Nearly very funny
on 22 April 2008
I Want Candy is an odd film. The idea is very funny, the script is loaded with amusing set pieces, the acting is ok, it's even reasonably well paced, but somewhere along the line it managed to not be very funny. It's hard to see exactly what went wrong with it, but it's almost as if the crew were told they only had 2 weeks to shoot the whole thing and therefore didn't ever get to do a second take when the first one was bad. There are so many amusing situations that didn't succeed in making me laugh. A joke is set up, but then the timing of the punchline seemed to be a bit off too many times.
On the plus side, Michelle Ryan was much better than I expected, as was Carmen Electra but both of them were a little underused. The two leads were competent but neither of their characters had a consistent personality, and although that shouldn't matter too much in what is meant to be a silly comedy, it left me thinking that this could have been absolutely brilliant in the right hands. It's not really that bad, but it seems like a really wasted opportunity to make a hilarious comedy.