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Love Stinks (1999)

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Commentary 1: Writer/producer/director Jeff Franklin and actors French Stewart and Bridgette Wilson Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on March 26th, 2017:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Rarely does a romantic comedy encompass '90s sitcoms, Playboy Playmates, and former MTV personalities. I suppose in the wake of "There's Something About Mary," such an enterprise like "Love Stinks" (1999) gets "green-lit." Thankfully, this group commentary redeems much about 'Stinks.' Co-leads French Stewart and the lovely Bridgette, joined by Director Jeff Franklin, are very enthusiastic participants. "Full House" fans will delight in seeing Franklin's love for Elvis and Golden Retrievers carry over into this project. Apparently, Jeff's girlfriend really did dress like the "King" for an impromptu "strip-tease." The Director, laments, blew that relationship. The honesty that Franklin, as well as Wilson, dishes out is refreshing. Bridgette reveals she has said those "three magic words" twice in her life. This having been recorded prior to meeting Pete Sampras later the following year. Yes, the track is quite dated. There are references to some recent controversial boxing matches. For example Oscar De la Hoya (Whose girlfriend, a playmate, makes a cameo), and Evander Holyfield Vs. Lennox Lewis. Who knew Bridgette was such a boxing fan? Stewart also reveals the numerous ad-libbed bits, suggesting would be comics actually throw in those ad-libs at the end of takes, so crafting editing can remove those occasional misfires. What separates this track from the world of moviedom is the very accurate portrayal of Network television, especially in the realm of sitcoms. Many TV writers appear on camera. Fans of "The Simpsons" will appreciate the appearance of the gravely-voiced Tom Gammill, of whom French does a perfect impersonation. NBC head Honcho, Warren Littlefield appears, although his dismissive "ad-lib" of the Hollywood agent was left on the cutting room floor. The actual "Malcolm & Eddie" set was used for the fictional sitcom, starring Jason Bateman and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. Shot in just 24 days, 'Stinks' utilized many locales, including Palm Springs and this reviewers' home town of Las Vegas. A family favorite attraction, Scandia, makes a welcome appearance in the First act. Sadly, Scandia is long gone, but remains immortalized on film. And, the apparent combo of the freeway and water fountains meant the entire "courting" scene between Stewart and Wilson had to be "looped." And speaking of Vegas, that classic dance scene from "Viva Las Vegas" required the permission of Ann Margret. The producers wisely decided to send Ann only the scene in question, not the entire film. So much trivia is delivered, from all over the map: Want to know where Dave Coulier lived in the late '90s, where Marine World, or the MTV Beach House was located, or the travails of working with Cats and small dogs? How long the Santa Monica Pier really is? All these questions, and how such an unlikely couple starred in a rom-com from the salad days of comedy, pre-Y2K, came to fruition. 8/10