Reviewed at Sony Theatres Nickeldeon, Boston, May 14, 1998. Running time: 95 minutes.
Val ….. Alanna Ubach
Cameron ….. David Wheir
Kevin ….. Rick Gomez
John ….. Brad Beyer
Weinstein ….. Paul Wagner
Slickly produced low-budgeter billed as an “anti-romantic comedy” opened Landmark Theaters new multiplex in Waltham, Mass., in May before looking for a distributor. Story of college seniors trying to figure out what to do with their lives is energized by Alanna Ubach’s driven performance. With savvy promotion, feature should realize acceptable returns in venues that can tap into the 20 -something and college markets.
Story focuses on Cameron (David Wheir) whose only goal after graduation is to motorcycle through Mexico into Central and South America. He wants to break up with Val (Ubach), but she has already planned out their whole life together. It begins with him getting a job with a Wall Street investment firm.
First-time writer-director Tom Keenan (who appears in a few scenes as Cameron’s mechanic) could have used some help on the script, as story remains unfocused. But he and d.o. Wolfgang Held make the film look good, and pic has the great benefit of Ubach in the lead. Thesp, who has a growing indie reputation on the strength of “Denise Calls Up” and “Clockwatchers,” is a standout as a female Sammy Glick, a woman who remains ever-focused on her goal, without regard to anyone else. Her increasingly high profile will help boost film’s ancillary life.
Supporting cast is solid, with Paul Wagner suitably obnoxious as the job recruiter from hell.