BOYS AND GIRLS
by Alicia Potter
Director Robert Iscove taps his She's All That star Freddie Prinze Jr.
to reprise his cute-guy-who-doesn't-know-it shtick in this gagger of a romantic
comedy. That means Prinze spends an excessive amount of time with his hair
parted in the middle as Ryan, an anal-retentive nice guy who's plagued by a
free-spirited beauty (Claire Forlani) whom he's loathed since age 12.
Naturally, the polar opposites end up attending Berkeley, where they fumble
into friendship and study away the years unaware that they're the most
genetically blessed pair on campus. Can they really stay just pals, though?
That's the big -- and tedious -- question behind this When Harry Met
Sally redux. Gabby and self-conscious, it deep-sixes a smattering of astute
insights under enough footage of San Francisco to induce a Rice-a-Roni craving.
American Pie's Jason Biggs and Drop Dead Gorgeous's Amanda Detmer
trawl for laughs as the couple's roommates but succeed only in ratcheting up
the cliché count. And, yes, that's The Blair Witch Project's
Heather Donahue, sans sticks, as Ryan's aggressive, Shelley Long-like
date. This makes two scary movies in a row for her. At Cinema World,
Framingham, the Hoyt Westborough, Leominster, the Solomon Pond Hoyt, and the
Worcester North Showcase.
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