Love and Other Disasters DVD
Actors: Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys, Santiago Cabrera, Sam Bloom, Catherine Tate Directors: Alek Keshishian
Run Time: 90 mins
From the director of Madonna: Truth or Dare, this delightful comedy about the rocky road to true love stars Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Just Married) as the free-spirited "Jacks." An assistant at British Vogue, Jacks adores fixing up her friends, but when it comes to finding the right guy for herself, she's totally clueless. Love comes knocking at her door when she meets sexy photographer Paolo (Santiago Cabrera, TV's Heroes), but will she dare to let her guard down and let romance in? An ultra-modern romantic comedy that portrays heterosexual and homosexual relationships with an openness and candor deemed either deserved or shocking depending on one's point of view, Love and Other Disasters explores the complex difficulties inherent in modern relationships while poking fun at those relationships and the business of movie making. The straight "British Vogue" assistant Emily "Jacks" Jackson (Sin City's Brittany Murphy) and the openly homosexual Peter Simon (Brothers and Sister's Matthew Rhys) are best friends who live together with a familiarity that's usually reserved for the closest of family members. Bathroom chats while one takes a shower and the other sits on the toilet are commonplace in this household and that same openness extends to discussions of their romantic and sexual relationships with the same or opposite sex. Jacks' usually accurate "gaydar" fails her when she meets photographer Paolo Sarmiento (Heroes' Santiago Carbrera) and thus begins a complicated relationship between Paolo and Jacks in which Jacks attempts to set Paolo up with Peter without his knowledge and Paolo yearns for a relationship with Jacks while assuming that she's romantically involved with Peter. Add into this unusual love triangle an ex-boyfriend James (Elliot Cowen) whom Jacks is still sleeping with out of pity; Jacks' emotionally distraught friend Tallulah (Catherine Tate); an elusive David Williams (Will Keen) who Peter bumps into and declares the object of love at first sight even though the two have never actually met; and a host of other farcically odd characters and the stage is set for a romantic comedy unlike any other. On top of it all, James is struggling to write a screenplay that reflects his own reality, but is finding honesty hard to adhere to in the Hollywood business of movie making. Guest cameos include Gwyneth Paltrow and Orlando Bloom. Viewers will find this modern twist on the classic romantic comedy quite funny and entertaining as long as they are willing to put aside any homophobic tendencies and laugh at the absurdities of the world we live in.