Picks and Pans Review: Choose Me
Genevieve Bujold plays a late-night talk-show host who counsels people on their sexual problems. Lesley Ann Warren is the owner of a seedy bar who calls Bujold on occasion to discuss the many men in her life. Keith Carradine, a former patient in a mental hospital, is given to outlandish lies. Rae Dawn Chong likes to pick up men at bars. The brief intersection of these lives is the basis of this movie, which is not the dark, moody film their backgrounds might suggest. Rather, it's a contemporary comedy about manners and morals in Los Angeles. The performances are especially strong. The action begins when Bujold, not knowing Warren is one of her frequent callers, answers her ad for a roommate. The resulting couplings (and uncouplings) are wild, poignant, occasionally hilarious. It sometimes seems as if the movie started out as a drama but turned irresistibly funny in the filming, and director Alan (Welcome to L.A.) Rudolph let it happen, with sardonically amusing results. (R)
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