Born Romantic (2001)
In modern-day London, three men and three women fall in and out of love and back again, to the Greek-chorus accompaniment of two cab drivers (Ian Hart and John Thomson), who engage in an ongoing conversation about sex. In one pairing, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), a sophisticated and slightly anal art restorer, is pitted against Frankie (Craig Ferguson), a smartly dressed divorcee who still shares a flat with his bitter ex-wife. The two meet one night at a salsa club, and a caustic attraction soon flourishes. Another pairing sees Mo (Jane Horrocks), a tough, love-'em-and-leave-'em Liverpuddlian, reunite with Eddie (Jimi Mistry), a clumsy bloke who was in love with Mo years before and now dreams of winning her back. Meanwhile, Jocelyn (Catherine McCormack), a young woman both neurotic and without self-esteem, finds unlikely happiness with the slovenly Fergus (David Morrissey), who bemoans the lack of love in his life. Born Romantic is the second feature of British writer/director David Kane, who made his feature debut with the similarly themed This Year's Love in 1999. … More
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Critic Reviews for Born Romantic
Only sporadically entertaining.
The first contemporary romantic comedy I've seen in years that feels as if it's made by a real human being for other real human beings.
One can't fend off the feeling that we've been here before, and with some regularity.
Except for Jimmy ... these are not very interesting folks and, at first, it's hard to keep them all straight or even care.
... a rare romantic comedy that gets both the romance and the comedy right.
Like the salsa music that provides the musical backdrop, this pleasantly low-key rom-com proves to be smoothly seductive.
Another example of the unfortunate trend toward sentimentality in British films.
Some of this is funny, most of it just fills space, and the best dancing is done by obvious professionals, not the actors.
This amiable -- albeit predictable -- film eventually gets its groove on by mining the comedy of this offbeat ensemble.
In spite of its artlessness, you'll leave smiling and smooching your significant other.
It's all fun and games, basically, but a pleasing diversion for those who can wade through the thick London accents.
This lightweight British import is harmless but unenlightening, a scruple that seems to have taken its lead from an episode of HBO's "Taxi Cab Confessions."
The best movie revolving around a dance hall since 'Shall We Dance.'
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