Love Hurts

Darryl McCane's adoration for funk music comes through in his extremely odd half-docu, half-drama, "Love Hurts." What's equally clear, though, is that McCane doesn't find a thread to patch the two halves together.

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With: William Bootsy Collins, Teena Marie, George Clinton, Dr. Funkenstein, Tonya Pinkins, Yvonne Farrow.

Darryl McCane’s adoration for funk music comes through in his extremely odd half-docu, half-drama, “Love Hurts.” What’s equally clear, though, is that McCane doesn’t find a thread to patch the two halves together. His devotion to the funk sounds of Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. Funkenstein and R&B chanteuse Teena Marie makes the music docu half by far the more compelling section — even though camera coverage is little more than the stuff of homevideo work. The dramatic portion, involving a woman scolding the boy she takes care of, is accented with jump cuts but remains stubbornly inert. Absurdly long, pic won’t find the love on the fest trail.

Lovey (Tonya Pinkins), a funk fan who’s raising a boy who isn’t her birth son, confronts him with some mischief he’s fallen into, informing him at one point on the muddy soundtrack, “You are going to learn to love yourself.” She seems to have second thoughts about her disciplining, conveying them to friend Ya Ya (Yvonne Farrow). Sketchy meller is eventually drowned out by intercut concert sections, including front-row coverage of funk master William Bootsy Collins in rare form.

Love Hurts

Production: A Breaking Ankles Prods. presentation of a Liccwidd Ocean Picture production. Produced, directed, written, edited by Darryl McCane.

Crew: Camera (color, video), McCane; music, Parliament Funkadelic, William Bootsy Collins, Teena Marie. Reviewed at Pan African Festival, L.A., Feb. 15, 2002. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: William Bootsy Collins, Teena Marie, George Clinton, Dr. Funkenstein, Tonya Pinkins, Yvonne Farrow.

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