Head Over Heels
Directed by Mark S. Waters
Review by Evelyn Gildrie-Voyles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Three stars -- surprise, surprise. I thought I would enjoy this movie in that guilty way that I enjoy Pixy Sticks and sugared breakfast cereals. Instead I thoroughly and without hesitation enjoyed this film, which turned out to be not a silly teen flick but a delightful good-time romp that is light on romance, heavy on comedy, and slightly surreal. Yes, this movie has practically something for everyone: love, supermodels, stalkers, and thieves. It even has some minor action. (Alright, very minor -- but knives are thrown).
Amanda Pierce (Monica Potter), an Iowa native now living in New York City, has the worst taste in men. As the film opens she catches her boyfriend having sex with a fashion model. She is suddenly homeless and manless. She soon finds an apartment with four supermodels and a great view of a guy who seems perfect: fashion executive Jim Winston (Freddie Prinze Jr.). Just when Amanda and her protective supermodel roommates are convinced that Jim is really perfect, Amanda thinks she sees him kill a woman. So she does what any sensible girl would do -- she stalks him, with the help of her fabulous friends, of course.
The plot might not be much, but the details are what make this film so much fun. The love story between Amanda and Jim is sweet and silly, but relatively minor, as is the mystery and suspense about who Jim really is and what he really does. The fashion models are the true stars of this film and the film is at its best when it portrays "the life of a model". This life is extremely fantastical and incredibly funny. The models, played with glee and conviction by Shalom Harlow, Ivana Milicevic, Sarah OíHare, and Tomiko Fraser, never wear anything but beautiful clothes, never pay for anything, and parade around in their apartment topless, dancing to disco music. Life is one huge runway even when tracking a possible murderer. Amanda also has a collection of eccentric coworkers including three old biddies and a wise-cracking lesbian (the radiant China Chow) who add humor to a film already bursting with it.
There are of course some flaws. I could do without the bowel movement jokes, although the teens behind me found these two scenes hilarious. (I did say "something for everyone.") The casting was nearly perfect; but Freddie Prinze Jr., while having the right sweet guy exterior, is just not buff enough to be shown topless and doing pull ups. This scene probably should have been cut or at least the director should have used a body double. Itís a little distracting to have five women cooing over a manís huge muscles when he has none. These minor complaints aside, Head Over Heels is a cute diversion from the real world and well worth the price of admission.
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