Elephant Juice (2000)
|This British movie written by the highly
rated Amy Jenkins attempts to examine the relationships
and loves of a group of thirty-something friends in
London. The film sets out to examine when it is possible
to tell some you love them and if it is possible to have
just one love. The group comprises of three couples .
Jules and Will, Daphne and Frank, Graham and George - and
Billy (Sean Gallagher), a believer in instant love. Billy
has been single for so long that his friends fear that he
has lost the ability to form a relation with a woman.
appears to have struck gold when he notices Dodie
(Kimberly Williams), an American single-mother, coffee
bar waitress and amateur philosopher in a park. His
initial attempts at initiating a relationship are
unsuccessful but eventually Billy and Dodie get together.
He fails to convey his love for her and is left to
question the worth of his life when she suddenly returns
to America to avoid custody problems over her son.
Jules (Emmanuelle Beart) is
having cold feet about her impending marriage to Will
(Daniel Lapaine). Her fears are well founded as he is
cheating with Daphne and resorting to
"direct-debit" sex (prostitutes).
Williams is briefly topless in a somewhat distant
sex scene. However this is her first topless
Gartside is topless in a longer sex scene.
development is poor and consequently the film is very
disjointed. There is also inadequate character and
dialogue development, with too many instances of
characters staring into the distance when dialogue is
essential. Jules visits the prostitute frequented by Will
but says nothing. The many dinners involving the group
would have been the ideal platform for plot development
but none takes place. The poor plot causes the film to
drift. The prolonged and rather pointless drug snorting
scene between Graham and George being a prime example.
Ultimately the film drifts into obscurity.
Kimberly Williams is a good
actress and her beauty makes it easily apparent why Billy
fell in love at first sight. Emmanuelle Beart is a good
actress but isn't given the opportunity to showcase her
talents and is too often left to stare at railway
platforms. Sean Gallagher is convincing in his role as a
likeable if slightly over-romantic single.
Amy Jenkins was one of
the hottest literary properties in England at the time of
production following the success of her BBC TV series
"This Life". However, Jenkins joins the long
list of British writers who have failed to graduate from
TV to big-screen writing.
||This movie will be
remembered for Kimberly Williams' first nude appearance.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.4,
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
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