Picks and Pans Review: Three of Hearts

updated 05/17/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/17/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

William Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Sherilyn Fenn

This is a trashy movie trading on the cheap voyeuristic thrills of onscreen homosexuality and prostitution while pretending to be a serious film about relationships. The unconvincing acting and twee script don't help the movie's tortuous plot, which has Lynch, a lesbian nurse who has been dumped by bisexual college lit instructor Fenn, hiring male escort Baldwin to woo Fenn and then drop her so that she'll come running back to Lynch. Yeah, it could happen—in a parallel universe.

With the exception of Lynch, who has a fierce directness as the nurse, much of the movie's cast has done better service elsewhere. Baldwin, all husky voice and melting eyes, works too hard at showing us that his character is really just a lost little boy underneath; and Fenn, her lush, creamy voluptuousness reminiscent of Kim Novak, zombie-walks through her scenes. (R)

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