Executive producers, Pierre-Richard Muller, James De Rin.
Directed, written by Richard Zelniker. Camera (color), Dimitri Djanbani; editor, Duncan Burns; music, Ron Sures; production design, Rick Walker; costume design, B Esberg, Gina Rizzo; sound, Steve Cohen; associate producers, Robert Cullen, Gina Amoroso, Edward Oleschack, Robert Hatfield; assistant director, James Costello; casting, Carolyn Long, Concetta DiMatteo. Reviewed at the Sony Copley Place Theatre, Boston, Sept. 15, 1997. (In Boston Film Festival.) Running time: 89 MIN.
Mitch ….. Burr Steers
David ….. James Patrick Stuart
Kim ….. Lisa Collins
Talky film about romantic triangle involving a dark secret between two brothers fails to satisfy. Writer-director Richard Zelniker offers reams of dialogue, with characters agonizing over their problems, but at film’s end — despite revelations — they remain largely ciphers. Commercial prospects are negligible.
Mitch (Burr Steers) arrives in L.A. to visit his younger brother David (James Patrick Stuart) with sexy blonde Kim (Lisa Collins) in tow. She is attracted to David, letting him know that she is not sleeping with his brother, and he comes onto her. Intercut through film is some sort of painful confrontation between Mitch and David, and when their secret is revealed, it supposedly explains why David is both a womanizer and so weak-willed.
With no depth to the characterizations, however, revelations seem designed merely to shock, and jaded audiences are likely to yawn in response.
There’s little actors can do with their underwritten, over-dialogued parts, but Stuart exudes a smoldering sexuality and makes the most of the big confession/breakdown scene. Steers and Collins are sunk by the script.
Low-budget pic utilizes mostly interiors to adequate effect. Tech credits are serviceable.