LOVE AND OTHER DILEMMAS Directed by Larry Di Stefano. 87 minutes. Opens Friday (February 1). Rating: N
Every once in a while I fantasize about writing a screenplay, just like the rest of you out there who answer the “What have you been doing lately?” question with “Working on my screenplay.”Well, take heart from Love And Other Dilemmas, which makes it painfully obvious that even dreck can get a little cash infusion from Telefilm.
Ginger (Corner Gas’s Gabrielle Miller) is trying to beat the curse that dooms the Shapiro women’s prospective bridegrooms to death on their wedding day.
Groom Henry (Stephen Lobo) looks like he’ll be another victim. He’s gambled away the ring and has to make a quick $500 to get it back. Many moronic schemes are hatched to make it happen. Guns and Mafia connections appear out of nowhere. People behave in monumentally stupid ways, and not a word of dialogue is credible.
The actors, especially Miller and Fred Ewanuick (also of Corner Gas) as a love-struck hood, deserve better. But Janet Wright (another Gas cast member) as a Jewish grandmother? I don’t think so.
I swore when I assumed some film duties that I’d be kinder to Canadian film than the late, great John Harkness and as open to homegrown pics as ex-NOWnick Cameron Bailey. So much for that idea.