It turns out the cruel, insensitive fellow is having an affair with his boss’ sexy young wife (Natasha Gregson Wagner). In a cynical, protracted conversation in a fancy desert villa, the wife and her husband (Bill Cusack) shoot barbed comments about each other’s lovers. These under-30 millionaires are as irritating as they are pretty and contrived.
In another story, a young actor (likable Peter Dobson) who just won an Oscar spends a tormented night fighting with his lover (intense Stephen Mailer), a junky and bitter wannabe thesp who promptly bets the statuette on a pool game. He doesn’t survive the night, and the famous actor winds up in bed with a warm, fun-loving teenage hooker (female) who convinces him he may not be gay after all. The “Pretty Woman” parallel is excruciating and just as unbelievable as the original.
Rusnak focuses on the performances of his young cast, not all of whom are able to climb above the unconvincing, often stilted dialogue and coincidence-laden plot. On the plus side, his stories are just non-American enough to offer a fresh view of an over-filmed town.
Tech credits are good, giving pic a modern look. Ambitious cross-editing between scenes attempts to jazz up the script when it flags, while Harald Kloser’s driving score injects some energy.