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Born Romantic
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by Natasha Theobald

"Frothy and Sweet -- Nice Taste, Not Filling"
3 stars

The amazing cast brings talent but no weight to this story of single people attempting to traverse the bumpy, barrier-filled road to love. The movie is about the journey but gives a small glimpse at the hope and romance of the destination. We watch the characters blunder in making the so-called smart if not cynical choices, knowing that the movie wants us to believe that their error is in listening to their heads instead of following their hearts.

The characters are brought together by a common affection for a salsa club and the same cab driver (Adrian Lester) who gets them there and takes them home again. Frankie (Craig Ferguson) is a divorced man forced to cohabit with his former wife, as the house they shared has too many problems to make it attractive to potential buyers. He returns to the club time and again to see Eleanor (Olivia Williams) whose museum job and aristocratic beauty, she feels, make her out of his league.

Eddie (Jimi Mistry) is a thief who stumbles into the club trying to allude police after yet another botched ATM job. He asks a nearby woman with a neck brace to dance to avoid detection. She is Jocelyn (Catherine McCormack), a woman who decorates graves for families who have moved away from the area. Somewhat plain in personal appearance, she infuses this work with all of the color and creativity she hides from the world, so much color and creativity that the dead she tends may be kept awake by the gaudy brightness.

Finally, there is Fergus (David Morrissey) who has come to town to find the bride he left at the altar eight years before. In that time, he has realized what a rare and beautiful thing it is to find the person who might share your life, and he is hoping to convince Mo (Jane Horrocks) to forgive him and try again.

The cast is funny and charming, creating odd characters who still feel grounded in some sort of reality. They make the most out of even the least effective plot twists and revelations. Though you may not come out of this movie feeling much differently than when you went in, they are not a bad group with which to spend an hour or two. There also is an amusing pair of cab drivers who have interesting takes and perspectives on life and love.

"Born Romantic" is a gentle diversion which may leave a smile on your face, as well as a glimmer of hope that romance can be found by those who look for it, even if just for one dance.

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originally posted: 11/25/02 09:50:31
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10/24/11 Annie G RT says 54%, but I found it charming in spite of its flaws. 3 stars
8/20/04 Riz Easy and Fun film to watch 4 stars
4/18/04 Ingo Lighthearted and funny with amiable characters. 4 stars
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  28-Sep-2001 (R)



Directed by
  David Kane

Written by
  David Kane

  Paddy Considine
  Kenneth Cranham
  Craig Ferguson
  Ian Hart
  Jane Horrocks
  Adrian Lester

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