"Loco Love" is so riddled with hopelessly tone-deaf and flatfooted comedy it might almost inspire sympathy -- but only from the most easily distracted and undemanding viewers of late-night cable, where pic is quickly destined. Pic's single interesting item is the co-star presence of Laura Elena Harring.

“Loco Love” is so riddled with hopelessly tone-deaf and flatfooted comedy it might almost inspire sympathy — but only from the most easily distracted and undemanding viewers of late-night cable, where pic is quickly destined. Pic’s single interesting item is the co-star presence of Laura Elena Harring in one of her largest parts since “Mulholland Dr.,” yet her role as a green-card bride hitched to an unlucky Beverly Hills restaurateur defies belief, let alone attraction.

The illogical antics only get started as Donald Chandler (Roy Werner) is forced by wife Barbara (Margaret Scarborough) and mother-in-law Jackie (Barbara Eden) to annul their marriage and sell his restaurant since Barbara has gotten pregnant by her lover. Simultaneously, the Chandlers’ gardener, Miguel (Gerardo Mejia), wins $62 million in the lottery and offers Donald a chance to get his restaurant back if he marries his hot-tempered Mexican-based sister Catalina (Harring) to secure her a green card. Ersatz farce is the rule of the day, as complications are thoughtlessly piled on and Anglo-Latino cultural clashes are rendered in cartoon fashion.

Loco Love

Production

A Pathfinder Pictures release of a Barnholtz Entertainment presentation in association with Three Springs Prods. and Enigma Entertainment. Produced by Bryan Lewis. Executive producers, Lewis, Charlie Bravo. Directed by Bryan Lewis. Screenplay, Steven P. Baer.

Crew

Camera (Alpha Cinelabs color), Thaddeus Wadleigh; editor, Sherril Schlesinger; music, Jon McCallum; music supervisor, Charlie Bravo; production designer, Robin Kirk; costume designer, Carol Nolan. Reviewed on videotape, L.A., Aug. 12, 2003. MPAA Rating: PG. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Laura Elena Harring, Roy Werner, Gerardo Mejia, Margaret Scarborough, Frank Gallegos, Victoria Regina, Chi Chi Navarro.
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