"Crush" is one of those movies which are really two
different films rolled into one. The film starts off as a
romantic comedy centering on the lives of three women around
forty years of age. Then the film becomes more and more
serious as one of the women begins to have a relationship with a
younger man. What results is a film that sometimes works
and sometimes doesn't.
The film begins with three women who are the best of friends and
who get together regularly to discuss their romantic adventures
which most of the time result in dates from hell. As the
women flash back to their dates over the course of a week, they
finish up by voting which one had the worst outing. Then
things come to an abrupt change when Kate begins a relationship
with a much younger man who used to be in one of her classes at
the school where she is the headmistress. Janine and
Molly then proceed to try their best in breaking up Kate's
relationship because they are jealous of Kate's happiness as
well as truly believing that this romance with a much younger
man is not good for her. When tragedy strikes, the
friendship between the three women appears ruined forever.
The rest of the movie deals with them trying to reconcile their
friendships while re-evaluating their own lives.
The acting by the three main actresses as well as several of the
supporting cast is very good and believable. What is not
so believable is that Kate would begin a relationship so quickly
with this young man who is twenty years her junior, even though
Kate has been dying to be married and have a baby. This
film has a nice story with interesting characters but I felt
that the comedy part wasn't funny enough and the serious stuff
wasn't dramatic enough to have a great impact on the viewer.
Too many of the scenes seem to be forced instead of natural
which makes the film border too often like a soap opera.
As you can tell, I'm pretty much in the middle on this one.
I liked the film ok but cannot give it a strong recommendation.
It's one of those films which you might enjoy on a rainy
afternoon, watching it on TV. But I will say that Andie
MacDowell puts in a good performance and I always enjoy watching
her in movies.
( 2 out of 4 pops )
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