Four rowing buddies fall for the same girl and provide emotional support during her pregnancy -- never knowing which of them is the father -- in "Kimberly," a pleasant comedy about the pitfalls of commitment. Debut feature from French-born, UCLA-trained producer turned scripter-helmer is ideal for cable and tube dates.

Four rowing buddies fall for the same girl and provide emotional support during her pregnancy — never knowing which of them is the father — in “Kimberly,” a pleasant comedy about the pitfalls of commitment. Pic juggles the interlocking lives of five lead characters with varying success, but what at first seems like a standard boys-meet-girl story has enough original, off-kilter touches to keep viewers hooked. Debut feature from French-born, UCLA-trained producer turned scripter-helmer is ideal for cable and tube dates.

In contempo retelling of classic short story “Mouche,” stockbroker Bob (Sean Astin), architect Michael (Chris Rydell), college prof Walter (Robert Mailhouse) and sensitive ad exec Scott (Jason Lewis) enlist visiting Kimberly (a fetching Gabrielle Anwar), English daughter of a former Olympic rower, to coach them. Lads make a solemn vow not to hit on her during training, but each guy immediately breaks his oath, unbeknownst to the others. “Four times the love and four times the complications” ensue as the pregnancy and their rowing skills progress. Patty Duke cameos as a doctor, Molly Ringwald is fine as Walter’s neglected g.f. and Lainie Kazan appears as Michael’s shrink.

Kimberly

U.S.-German

Production

A Moonstone Entertainment presentation of a Cinerenta/Cinekim production. (International sales: Moonstone Entertainment, Beverly Hills.) Produced by Willi Baer, Frederic Golchan, Yael Stroh. Executive producers, Rainer Bienger, Etchie Stroh. Co-executive producers, Marc Frydman, Sharon Pinkenson. Directed, written by Frederic Golchan, inspired by the short story "Mouche" by Guy de Maupassant.

Crew

Camera (color), Bernd Heinl; editor, Larry Bock; music, Basil Poledouris; production designer, Sherri Adler; costume designer, Marie Abma. Reviewed at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Panorama), Deauville, France Sept. 9, 1999. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

With Gabrielle Anwar, Sean Astin, Jason Lewis, Robert Mailhouse, Chris Rydell, Molly Ringwald, Lainie Kazan, Patty Duke.
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