WALK ALL OVER ME (Robert Cuffley). 98 minutes. Opens Friday (December 7). Rating: NN
Robert Cuffley's lighthearted romp into sadomasochistic sexual territory suffers from a weak script and genre confusion.
Co-writer Jason Long (also a co-writer on Cuffley's Turning Paige) doesn't help Cuffley lock down whether they are writing a thriller, comedy, buddy flick or serious drama and, as a result, their story and characters lack authenticity.
Alberta (Leelee Sobieski) flees her small town after a botched crime and is taken in by her former babysitter Celene (Tricia Helfer), who works in Vancouver as a dominatrix. In no time Alberta dons a dominatrix outfit to pay off some bills.
She is instantly attracted to a date named Paul (Jacob Tierney) who takes her back to his flat. Too conveniently to be believable, a pair of thugs show up ready to rough Paul up for a large sum of money they believe he has. And Alberta, having met him that day, is ready to go to the ends of the earth to save him.
From here the story slips into pure farce. Choreographed fights and stylized chases take up ample screen time until the money thing and the love thing wrap up predictably. Sobieski and Helfer in dominatrix gear are initially fun to watch but the device wears thin in a film that has no idea what it wants to be.