"It isn't the worst thing you could do for two hours."
Despite its title, SEVEN GIRLFRIENDS, the film is NOT like last year’s ridiculous Rodney Dangerfield movie MY FIVE WIVES where Dangerfield moves to Utah and marries five youthful, vibrant women allotting him a plenitude of sex jokes to fill the film’s milling 90 minutes. SEVEN GIRLFRIENDS is not that bad.Tim Daly stars as Jesse, a man on the verge of marrying his girlfriend of two years (Olivia D-Abo with an on-again off-again English accent) until he gets a call from his one true love (Laura Leighton) who broke up with him a few years back after she caught him fouling around with her friend.
Jesse’s ex calls him in the mist of wedding bell jitters. She is set to wed Eduardo soon but realizes she still loves Jesse. She asks him if he still wants to marry her but in a freak accident she is killed before he can answer – don’t worry I am not spoiling anything, all that happens within the first five minutes of the film.
Puzzled and unsure about his capabilities in a monogamous relationship, this sets Jesse off in an “ala HIGH FIDELITY” search to find out what went wrong with his past relationships and how come he is unable to commit wholeheartedly to one woman.
The comparisons are there. HIGH FIDELITY and SEVEN GIRLFRIENDS have the same premise and the same goofy reasoning behind them. Why can’t this man now in his 30s commit to a woman? The big difference between the two films is that GIRLFRIENDS lacks the charm of John Cusack and the charisma and oddity of Jack Black. Not to mention the music in FIDELITY is much better.
But, still, on its own, GIRLFRIENDS is a watchable small film that isn’t the worst thing you could do for two hours. Although towards the end the film starts to wear out its welcome quick and for some reason finds itself searching for a good climax. And you could do worse than have Tim Daly as your lead. He seems to have the looks and talent but very little star power.But the best thing about GIRLFRIENDS is that it shows how good of a film the underrated HIGH FIDELITY is and maybe FIDELITY will get the attention it richly deserved last year. Now on video, HIGH FIDELITY deserves a second chance people! So go rent it. Oh yeah, so if you like GIRLFRIENDS you’ll love HIGH FIDELITY. -- Pamela Harland