EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|WHEN WILL I BE LOVED (director/writer: James Toback; cinematographer: Larry McConkey; editor: Suzy Elmizer; music: Oli Power Grant; cast: Neve Campbell (Vera), Fred Weller (Ford), James Toback (Professor Hassan Al-Ibrahim Ben Rabinowitz), Dominic Chianese (Count Tommaso), Karen Allen (Alexandra), Barry Primus (Victor), Mike Tyson (Himself), Lori Singer (Herself); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Ron Rotholz; IFC Films; 2004)|
|"Superficial, cynical and
irritating dramedy about hustling Big Apple
dwellers trying to score sex or make a fast
live a hedonist amoral life."
by Dennis Schwartz
much about love or a woman's worth gets answered in
this superficial, cynical and irritating dramedy about
hustling Big Apple dwellers trying to score sex or
make a fast buck or live a hedonist amoral life.
Writer-director James Toback ("Harvard Man"/"The
Pick-up Artist"/"Love and Money") keeps it
provocative, but in a phony way poses it as a
post-feminist pic that explores sexual issues, race
relations and power trips.
opens with conniving spoiled rich girl Vera (Neve
Campbell) masturbating in a shower in
her new Battery Park loft, given to her
by her enabling parents, while Beethoven
plays in the background. Vera's small-time
impoverished self-loathing hustler boyfriend, Ford
Welles (Frederick Weller), thinks he
controls her, but she's only out for Number One and
has no feelings for his love excepts enjoys his
rough-house sex. Into playing games, Vera meets
obnoxious motormouth Columbia Professor Hassan
Al-Ibrahim Ben Rabinowitz (James
Toback), who is running a program on
encouraging the races to get together and hires Vera
as his assistant. During a drawn-out street
conversation Vera acknowledges the professor,
outfitted in African dress, is only trying to get
into her pants, but accepts the position because
she's just as insincere as he is and tells him to
expect no booty. After a quickie lesbian lay, which
she videotapes, Vera meets in her loft the doting
dandy, visiting Italian billionaire media mogul
Chianese), who promised
would-be pimp Ford he would give Vera $100,000 if
she will go to bed with him.
Every thing in this film is packaged to look rich and respectable, but is only slimy and misanthropic. It's a revolting pic that only points out how inauthentic as a hipster and provocateur is the director.
Tyson and Lori Singer have meaningless cameos
REVIEWED ON 2/17/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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