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Kiss and Tell

Dating may rank as one of life's more variable experiences, but it's seldom as banal as "Kiss and Tell," a hopelessly unfunny effort to satirize trends in "reality" TV. Inspired by --- if that's the term for it --- a pilot created by Sandy Silverman, "Triple Date," which took "The Dating Game" one step further and observed three couples on their prize dates, pic expands the game to eight mostly airheaded adults.

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With: James McCauley, Bryan Callen, Kerr Smith, Daniel Cosgrove, Bridget Ann White, Kim Wimmer, Natalie Zea, Todd Stashwick, Julie Nathanson, Susan Egan.

Dating may rank as one of life’s more variable experiences, but it’s seldom as banal as “Kiss and Tell,” a hopelessly unfunny effort to satirize trends in “reality” TV. Inspired by — if that’s the term for it — a pilot created by Sandy Silverman, “Triple Date,” which took “The Dating Game” one step further and observed three couples on their prize dates, pic expands the game to eight mostly airheaded adults. This try will flop like the pilot, with pickup lines for only the most desperate fests in need of a lighter-than-air programmer.

Writer-helmer John Brenkus ham-fistedly intros the guys ‘n’ gals commanded into action by fatuous TV director Brian (Bryan Callen). Inserted into this mix is stumbling, neurotic Jim (James McCauley), whose problems with women form the heart of pic’s conflict and beg one loud question: How could a guy like Jim possibly have won a slot in this contest? Most of the actresses hardly register, as Callen chews up scenery and McCauley overplays the whipped-puppy look. Poor vid print of film version was best Hollywood Film Festival could muster for its woeful opening night event.

Kiss and Tell

Production: A BASE Prods. presentation. Produced by Mickey Stern, John Brenkus. Directed, written by John Brenkus.

Crew: Camera (color), Scott Carrithers; editor, Brenkus; sound, Len Schmitz; casting, Marc Levey Casting, Brenkus. Reviewed at Hollywood Film Festival (competing --- opening night), Aug. 5, 1999. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: James McCauley, Bryan Callen, Kerr Smith, Daniel Cosgrove, Bridget Ann White, Kim Wimmer, Natalie Zea, Todd Stashwick, Julie Nathanson, Susan Egan.

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