DELUXE COMBO PLATTER (Vic Sarin). 90 minutes. Opens Friday (August 26). For venues and times, see Movies, page 98. Rating: N
Is there anything more irritating than a Hollywood actor who's just slightly above a size 2 putting a little padding in her caboose so she can play the fat chick?
That's just the mildest of offences in this movie. My personal choice is its attempt at a Jerry Maguire-inspired line to cherish: "Shoes come and go, but people can be lost forever."
The plot is a Cinderella story trying desperately to rise above genre. Marla Sokoloff plays restaurant server Eve, the almost saintly wannabe artist who pines after her brother's best friend, town hunk Jeff ( Barry Watson , at a lower point here than Sorority Boys). She's guided in romance by local horndog Alma ( Jennifer Tilly , natch) who enjoys frequently inappropriate PDA with funeral director boyfriend Red ( Dave Thomas ).
Eve and her cutesy town of Squamish, BC, get a jolt from hot newcomer from the big city Linda ( Monika Schnarre ), who's come for some mystery work but is obviously more into play. But what team is she playing for? Nudge. Wink.
Attempts to inject meaning or controversy are laughable, like the plot and the acting.
Sure hope Squamish got paid well for the, ahem, honour of serving as the setting for this movie.