Picks and Pans Review: Mr. Wrong
Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Pullman, Joan Cusack
For her first movie, sitcom star DeGeneres has picked a vehicle in which the comedy—what little of it there is—has been parceled out to Pullman and Cusack, both playing crazies. The sane person sandwiched in between, she ends up with nada. This shows modesty on her part, or foolishness, or both.
DeGeneres plays a talk show talent booker who falls in love with Pullman, a rich, romantic bachelor whose only apparent flaw is the execrable verse he likes to recite after sex. Soon enough, she learns that he's obsessively romantic, willing to break his pinkie as proof of devotion. Pullman, whose eyes have a dangerous glint, does this creepo stuff with oleaginous ease. Having met DeGeneres's parents, he describes them, with poisonously sweet condescension, as "pleasant...wonderful...and funny in a special way."
On the other hand, Cusack, as his jealous ex-girlfriend—who once tried to assassinate Stevie Nicks—is beyond demented. With her hair pulled up so tight her face is narrowed into a knot of pain, squawking her lines out of the side of her mouth, she is, well, wonderful...funny in a special way.
DeGeneres has been given some good lines, but her performance consists mostly of smiling uncomfortably. (PG-13)
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