The Perfect Man (directed by Mark Rosman, 100 min)
Teen girls won't be flocking to Batman Begins this week. At least that's what the geniuses at the Hollywood studios are banking on, judging by their release of two major flicks aimed squarely at the Teen People set.
The Perfect Man finds Hilary Duff's Holly Hamilton trying to get her single mom ( Heather Locklear ) to stop dating losers. So she invents the titular perfect guy, and when Locklear falls for the e-mails and gifts, she gets a friend's uncle - played by everyone's favourite Danier Leather model, Chris Noth - to stand in for the imaginary dude.
Let's see if Duff's bid for a slightly more mature persona pays off, and how Queer Eye's Carson Kressley spends the last few seconds of his 15 minutes in a small role. Opens Friday (June 17). For venues and times, see Movies, page 105. Screened after press time. See review Thursday (June 16) at www.nowtoronto.com/film.
Herbie: Fully Loaded (directed by Angela Robinson, 101 min)
Meanwhile, Duff's tabloid nemesis, Lindsay Lohan , takes the driver's seat in Herbie: Fully Loaded , an update of the classic Disney comedy about a VW with a mind of its own.
This "vehicle" - which sees Lohan's Maggie Peyton entering the NASCAR with the modest bug - feels a bit more prestigious than Duff's. The cast features Michael Keaton and Matt Dillon as well as real-life NASCAR stars Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray . If it works, it could prove the commercial breakout for Angela Robinson , who failed to make the grade earlier this year with her spy-girl parody D.E.B.S. Opens Wednesday (June 22). For venues and times, see Movies, page 105. Screened after press time. See full review in the June 23 issue of NOW.