CROSSING (Roger Evan Larry). 109 minutes. Opens Friday (April 20). For venues and times, see Movies, page 113. Rating: NN Rating: NN
Crossing is another pathetic Canadian film that tries way too hard to be commercial but is neither entertaining enough to draw people to the box office nor good enough to attract critical buzz. My guess is tax shelter.
Croatian-Canadian gangster Daniel (Sebastian Spence) is about to get married when he discovers a hidden desire for cross-dressing after being assaulted by a gender-bending tough (Bif Naked, in a too brief cameo). Crystal Bublé plays a prostitute hired to blackmail him.
The premise is promising, if a bit of a tease. Daniel's cross-dressing isn't explored in any depth, and Spence (First Wave) doesn't let us beneath his stiff facade to see what kinds of emotions are welling up there. Bublé does better in the clichéd vulnerable-but-brittle role, and Corner Gas's Fred Ewanuick has a few funny moments as Daniel's working partner.
The only reason I can see why this 2005 flick is being released commercially - and not, say, on the Movie Channel - is because of Bublé, whose now-famous brother Michael sings on the soundtrack along with fellow Canuck songbirds Nelly Furtado and Buck 65.