Tuesday, February 15, 2011
IMMIGRATION TANGO opens. And... why? Oh, well, why not?
IMMIGRATION TANGO. But of whose vanity are we speaking? My guess would be one of its stars, Elika Portnoy, who also produced/executive produced the movie and had a hand in its screenplay. (She also starred in, executive-produced and co-wrote an earlier film, Tricks of Love, aka Tricks of a Woman.) Ms Portnoy is attractive and can act agreeably enough, but I don't know that, on the basis of what we see in Immigration Tango, she would be the ideal actress for this role. Actually, none of the cast appears particularly ideal. But since the screenplay generally sucks, it probably would not matter who was cast in these roles. However, the actors on view all do the job required from this alternately pleasant and very heavy-handed "romp" (those quotes appear because the cast often seems to be romping in cement sneakers).
David Burton Morris -- ensue. Mr Morris, pictured at left (and I ask my reader to remember that a cigar is just a cigar), does a serviceable enough job of handing us a standard plot guided home in standard fashion.
Carlos Leon (below, right), a former celebrity personal trainer whose IMDB listing calls him a native New Yorker born in Cuba (neat trick, Mr. Leon!); the white bread guy (his name is even Mike White) who is writing his dissertation on the sonnets (played by McCaleb Burnett, above, right); and his girlfriend and lawyer-in-training Betty Bristol (Ashley Wolfe, below, left). They are all, with the exception of Mr. Burnett, Tricks of Love alumni, and they do their damndest to keep up with the ridiculous plotting.
Avery Sommers, who's on the trail of the foursome. The hoops through which this poor actress is asked to jump ought to have assured her some heavy overtime pay. That she retains her dignity as a performer -- and she does -- is just about miraculous. But then the style of the films begs for hamming it up, and some of the cast, as you can see in the still above, is more than happy to oblige. According to the movie's poster, the film won best picture at some international film festival or other, and Mr. Leon won best actor at yet another. I've tried enlarging and then printing out the poster image in order to read the fine print to learn exactly which festivals these were. No luck. But if this was the best film, I would be deeply interested to learn what passed for competition.
From Roadside Attractions, Immigration Tango opens Friday, February 18, in various cities. On the film's web site, we are admonished to click here to learn the specific theaters. I did, but nothing showed up. Maybe by the time you click, the necessary information will have been provided.