Standard Time (Anything But Love) Reviews
January 11, 2005
Anything But Love is a rather lame romantic comedy that tries to be unique but instead falls into almost every romantic comedy cliche trap that you can think of. The plot involves a young girl trying to make it as a cabaret singer in modern day New York. The girl comes from a working class family and sings in a cheesy airport hotel lounge but dreams of making it big. The film mixes romance (your typically love triangle plot) with retro 1950s technocolor musical numbers with little effect. Visually its kind of an interesting movie and you can respect a director that is trying to do something different with the genre but in the end the film just didn't work for me.
January 21, 2004
I knew absolutely nothing about this film, and unfortunately I didn't bother to check it out. I was invited to a free screener and I went. It was torture. I don't see how I made it through.
I was going to write a lengthy review, but why bother? This won't even open in most cities anyway. It's that bad. So this will be more like a rant.
I would have left the theater had I not been sitting in the middle, blocked in from both sides. I also wasn't alone, so the choice on whether to stay or go wasn't entirely up to me.
The acting was some of the worst I have ever seen. It starred Andrew McCarthy. Anyone remember him? I never thought I would breath these words, but I preferred him in Mannequin.
I expected low budget, but the audio of this movie sounded like it was taped off a walkie talkie. It was horrendous, and this movie was supposed to be about music ..
Speaking of music, did they have to sing the same song 5 times? Seriously, I counted. The same song, Anything But Love, 5 times. If that wasn't bad enough, they played When the Saints Marching In 3 times. The lead actresses voice was not bad, and would have been better with the proper audio handling, but by the end I just wanted to smack her.
There were no surprises. I knew the entire plot of the film after watching 5 minutes. Serious, and I was exactly right. Everything was so cliche.
Do not waste your time, money, or anything on this movie. Don't even think about the film, or check it out on IMDB. It isn't worth even a second of your time.
Technically this is a 2003 release, since it had a limited run in December. Sounds good to me. This, my friends, is the worst film of 2003, and possibly the worst ever. I'll have to give Battlefield Earth another viewing.
I hope your evening went better.
October 16, 2003
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** 1/2 ANYTHING BUT LOVE - a cabaret singer (ISABEL ROSE) daydreams
that she is in a technicolor musical from the 1950's while trying to find love and live
her dream as a singer. It has a few laughs, in a saccharine sort of way, but it would
help your enjoyment of this movie if you absolutely love old movie musicals or if
you're over 60. With Andrew McCarthey. _______________________________________________________________