Review: ‘Love Life’

Silly, sudsy "Love Life" is a quadrangle in which two yuppies in an old-fashioned "beard" marriage realize that, duh, maintaining the pretense of heterosexual suburban normality isn't worth it if you're miserable. Mostly an excuse for two muscular male and two beautiful female actors to get it on, with much yelling in between, unconvincing drama should score a few gay fest dates before going straight (ahem) to gay-niche home markets.

Silly, sudsy “Love Life” is a quadrangle in which two yuppies in an old-fashioned “beard” marriage realize that, duh, maintaining the pretense of heterosexual suburban normality isn’t worth it if you’re miserable. Mostly an excuse for two muscular male and two beautiful female actors to get it on, with much yelling in between, unconvincing drama should score a few gay fest dates before going straight (ahem) to gay-niche home markets.

“I know what I like, and sex is not at the top of that list,” Mary Hahn (Stephanie Kirchen) says. Like nearly everything that comes out of her mouth, however, this statement is self-deluding. She and ex pro-baseballer husband Joe (Stephen D. Gill) have a marital relationship designed to placate her wealthy mother, whose moolah keeps them living in comfort. But when Mary’s onetime college fling (Jill Cozine) resurfaces, and Joe clicks with a hunky landscaper (Keith A. Bearden), the masquerade’s days are numbered. Lead characters’ hypocrisies and denial are so transparent there’s no dramatic tension waiting for them to expire, and the script goes from sketchy to ridiculous. Attractive thesps are OK under the circumstances, tech/design elements nondescript.

Love Life

Production

A New Media Entertainment production. Produced, directed, written by Damon Dietz.

Crew

Camera (color, HD-to-Beta SP), Peter Hawkins; editor, Michael Akers; music, Jeffrey Alan Jones; production designer, Kathleen Finch. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, June 20, 2006. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Stephanie Kirchen, Stephen D. Gill, Jill Cozine, Keith A. Bearden.
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