Romantic Comedy 'Jezebel' Sweet but Shallow

By Gire, Dann | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), October 27, 2000 | Go to article overview

Romantic Comedy 'Jezebel' Sweet but Shallow


Gire, Dann, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


"Loving Jezebel"

Opens today

Written and directed by Kwyn Bader. Produced by David Lancaster. A Shooting Gallery Productions release. Rated R (sexual situations, language). Running time: 92 minutes.

Cast:

Melville Hill Harper

Samantha Laurel Holloman

Gabe David Moscow

Nikki Diandra Newlin

Frances Nicole Ari Parker

Mona Sandrine Holt

The romantic comedy "Loving Jezebel" possesses an endearing sense of naivete, a view of love from a young, on-the-front-lines perspective that hasn't yet had time to reflect on the more profound aspects of man-woman relationships.

So? Even if it doesn't stray far from the shallow end of the narrative pool, "Loving Jezebel" still has a sweet earnestness about it. Plus, it offers one of the most appealing casts ever hired for an independent motion picture.

"Jezebel," another in a series of films from Shooting Gallery Productions, stars the affably cute Hill Harper as a luckless lover named Melville.

Cursed from the time he first discovered girls in grade school, Melville has a knack for always hooking up with the wrong women - married women, or at least spoken-for women, those usually attached to his own friends or menacing strangers who could bench-press his face into a sidewalk.

Melville narrates this movie, and that is the first mistake made by the character's alter-ego, writer/director Kwyn Bader. Melville doesn't know when to shut up and allow the story to unfold by itself.

So, he tends to explain the obvious and frequently summarize for the convenience of the screenwriter as he tells us the story of his poor cursed life, always wooing or being wooed by some of the hottest up-and-coming actresses on the screen. …

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