The Woman Every Man Wants

Shades of "Making Mr. Right" inflect this futuristic farce about a frustrated bachelor who uses technology to create the woman of his dreams. With the exception of its inventive, quirky low-budget production and costume design, Gabriela Tagliavini's freshman film retreads ground much traveled and is unlikely to see life beyond the festival circuit.

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With: Ryan Hurst, Daniela Lunkewitz, Justin Walker, Alexis Arquette, Michelle Anne Johnson, Pat Crawford Brown, Ken Lerner.

Shades of “Making Mr. Right” inflect this futuristic farce about a frustrated bachelor who uses technology to create the woman of his dreams. With the exception of its inventive, quirky low-budget production and costume design, Gabriela Tagliavini’s freshman film retreads ground much traveled and is unlikely to see life beyond the festival circuit.

While titular similarities would suggest an amusing double bill with the more high concept “What Women Want,” this vastly inconsistent indie shares little else with that commercial blockbuster. Set in the year 2025 in a world run by women, pic centers on Guy (Ryan Hurst), a bumbling plastics designer who’s unlucky in love. Purchasing a humanoid (the ravishing Daniela Lunkewitz), Guy programs her to emulate a woman he once loved and lost. New girlfriend Mary happily cooks, cleans, and never tires of making love. But Guy soon finds himself drawn into a mysterious crime caper, unsure whether Mary is part of the problem or the solution. At its best, pic’s bubble gum palette and imaginative costumes recall “Earth Girls Are Easy,” but Tagliavini’s script and direction rarely capitalize on the humor or irony inherent in her concept.

The Woman Every Man Wants

Production: A Tonic Features production in association with Venus Films. Produced by Lauren Moews,. Co-producers, Gabriela Tagliavini, Robbin Renee Wood. Directed, written by Gabriela Tagliavini.

Crew: Camera (color), Scott Kevan; editor, Andrea Zondler; music, Ivan Wyszogrod; production and costume designer, Mariano Diaz; special effects supervisor, Aladino V. Debert; Reviewed at Palm Spring Film Festival, Jan. 20, 2001. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Ryan Hurst, Daniela Lunkewitz, Justin Walker, Alexis Arquette, Michelle Anne Johnson, Pat Crawford Brown, Ken Lerner.

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