Produced, directed, written by Stu Pollard. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival, Feb. 6, 1999. Running time: 89 MIN.
With: Sean O’Bryan, Sybil Temchen, Vanessa Marcil, William Sanderson, Morgan Fairchild, Blake Steury, Brenda James, Chris Murray, Michael Greene.
An amusing but slight and predictable look at how girls often prefer brutes to boys who bring them flowers, “Nice Guys Sleep Alone” is too uneven to make it on the bigscreen. Indie production will fare better on the tube and could have a fairly long life in vid stores.
Pic takes place in Louisville, Ky., where 31-year-old Carter has grown cynical after a string of failed relationships. He’s always tried to be nice, but women have mainly wanted him to be their friend while they’ve bedded down with guys who are obnoxious. When pretty Maggie moves to town, smitten Carter decides to court her in a rude, seemingly indifferent manner. The catch is that Maggie dreams of finally meeting a rose-bearing guy who’ll be nice to her. Pic is generally well acted and uses its locations well, but the sloppy, insensitive editing does its best to destroy both mood and tempo.