×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kiss and Tell

Dating may rank as one of life's more variable experiences, but it's seldom as banal as "Kiss and Tell," a hopelessly unfunny effort to satirize trends in "reality" TV. Inspired by --- if that's the term for it --- a pilot created by Sandy Silverman, "Triple Date," which took "The Dating Game" one step further and observed three couples on their prize dates, pic expands the game to eight mostly airheaded adults.

With:
With: James McCauley, Bryan Callen, Kerr Smith, Daniel Cosgrove, Bridget Ann White, Kim Wimmer, Natalie Zea, Todd Stashwick, Julie Nathanson, Susan Egan.

Dating may rank as one of life’s more variable experiences, but it’s seldom as banal as “Kiss and Tell,” a hopelessly unfunny effort to satirize trends in “reality” TV. Inspired by — if that’s the term for it — a pilot created by Sandy Silverman, “Triple Date,” which took “The Dating Game” one step further and observed three couples on their prize dates, pic expands the game to eight mostly airheaded adults. This try will flop like the pilot, with pickup lines for only the most desperate fests in need of a lighter-than-air programmer.

Writer-helmer John Brenkus ham-fistedly intros the guys ‘n’ gals commanded into action by fatuous TV director Brian (Bryan Callen). Inserted into this mix is stumbling, neurotic Jim (James McCauley), whose problems with women form the heart of pic’s conflict and beg one loud question: How could a guy like Jim possibly have won a slot in this contest? Most of the actresses hardly register, as Callen chews up scenery and McCauley overplays the whipped-puppy look. Poor vid print of film version was best Hollywood Film Festival could muster for its woeful opening night event.

Kiss and Tell

Production: A BASE Prods. presentation. Produced by Mickey Stern, John Brenkus. Directed, written by John Brenkus.

Crew: Camera (color), Scott Carrithers; editor, Brenkus; sound, Len Schmitz; casting, Marc Levey Casting, Brenkus. Reviewed at Hollywood Film Festival (competing --- opening night), Aug. 5, 1999. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: James McCauley, Bryan Callen, Kerr Smith, Daniel Cosgrove, Bridget Ann White, Kim Wimmer, Natalie Zea, Todd Stashwick, Julie Nathanson, Susan Egan.

More Film

  • Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' Companion Album to

    Alfonso Cuarón's New 'Roma' Album to Feature Beck, Patti Smith, El-P, T Bone Burnett

    Not to be outdone by Ariana Grande’s impending record news, filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón has announced the track list and release date for his new album, which, coincidentally, is also due Feb. 8. He’s the curator of “Music Inspired by the Film Roma,” which was already teased by a Billie Eilish track, and is now revealed [...]

  • The Beach Bum Trailer

    Watch: Matthew McConaughey Stars in Groovy New 'The Beach Bum' Trailer

    Matthew McConaughey takes on new levels of drug use in the latest trailer for “The Beach Bum.” True to the film’s title, the trailer opens on a trashy beach town stage where McConaughey’s character Moondog is waiting to accept some sort of musical award. “Before I accept whatever award it is they’re giving me today, [...]

  • SAG Awards Placeholder

    SAG Awards Unveils Presenters After Accusing Academy of 'Intimidation'

    The SAG Awards has unveiled its first round of presenters, including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek, Chadwick Boseman, Adam Driver, Sam Elliott, and Constance Wu. Wednesday’s announcement comes two weeks after SAG-AFTRA accused the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of intimidation in trying to limit actors from presenting on awards shows other [...]

  • Kevin Hart Fatherhood

    Kevin Hart Partnering With STX on Two Comedies (EXCLUSIVE)

    Kevin Hart is partnering with STXfilms to produce on a pair of comedy movies through his HartBeat Productions with an eye to star in both projects, Variety has learned exclusively. The announcement comes on the heels of Hart’s solid box office performance in “The Upside,” in which he co-stars with Bryan Cranston. STX’s comedic drama, co-produced [...]

  • Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Marco Graf

    Disruptor Netflix Joins Big Studios at the Table With MPAA Membership, Analysts Say

    Netflix is starting to look a lot like the media institutions it has been disrupting for years. In one fell swoop on Tuesday, the streaming giant racked up an impressive 15 Academy Award nominations, including a best picture nod for Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white, Spanish-language drama “Roma.” Hours later came official word that the company had [...]

  • Italy's Notorious Pictures Expands Into Exhibition,

    Italy's Notorious Pictures Expands Into Exhibition, Plans 200 Screens by 2023

    Italian distribution and production company Notorious Pictures is branching out into exhibition, aiming to have 20 multiplexes up and running within the next five years. The company has appointed former UCI Italy chief Andrea Stratta to head up a new Notorious Cinemas unit. The company said it was already in the process of taking out a [...]

  • cats logo

    As 'Cats' Starts Production, Downtown Lands Admin Deal for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music (EXCLUSIVE)

    Downtown Music Publishing has entered into a multi-year publishing administration deal with Faber Music, which represents the musical repertoire from “Cats,” the beloved and long-running Broadway sensation currently being turned into a feature film starring Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba and Judi Dench, among others. The Universal picture, directed by Tom Hooper, recently [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content