ONE SMALL HITCH -- turned out to be a pleasant and quite enjoyable movie, well-written, very well-acted and directed, and with technical polish to spare. If you're a rom-com fan, this one should sate your appetite nicely.
John Burgess (at right) from a screenplay by Dode Levenson that begins with a smart premise and opens up gamely from that point on, the movie packs in lots of funny, sweet, romantic moments that jump off from believable reality -- but never jump too far. Thanks to its attractive, energetic cast, the film sails along to exactly the point we expected to reach. But getting there -- which is what makes rom-coms work (or not) -- proves both fun and, on occasion, surprising.
Girls Against Boys. Yet how very different is the outcome (that's what separates slasher/horror films from rom-coms).
Abie's Irish Rose (probably even further back than that). All this makes for some good chuckles, with nothing taken any farther than reality and sensible comedy might allow.
Aubrey Dollar and Shane McRae (three photos above) as the odd couple, and Janet Ulrich Brooks (above, second from left, and two photos above), Daniel J. Travanti, Ron Dean (far left, above) and Mary Jo Faraci (second from right, above) as their parents, with good work also coming from Heid Johanningmeier (below, as the sexy "other woman" who is also pretty wise), and Robert Belishi (shown at bottom) and Rebecca Spence (far right, above) as brother and sister-in-law.