Born Romantic Reviews
"Born Romantic" is the traditional story of three couples destined to find love within the space of ninety minutes. It's always a good ploy to have more than one couple in these films, that way it's possible you'll find at least one to care about. It could be middle aged Craig Ferguson and Olivia Williams. Or possibly reunited teen sweethearts David Morrissey and Jane Horrocks. But, with Ferguson and Horrocks' talents slightly wasted in unusually dull roles, it's probably going to be grave tending Catherine McCormack and petty thief Jimi Mistry. The latter are helped by getting the best share of the script's comic moments, but there aren't as many as you'd hope for.
With its very familiar pace, writer and director David Kane could probably have done it all in his sleep. And if the rather drab look of the London scenery is anything to go by, he probably did. Except for the salsa dancing scenes, which give the film occasional touches of vibrance. However, it's only a matter of time before the inevitable occurs and we're subjected to the "Full Monty" scene as the men learn to dance. Different men, no stripping, but the same gag. And, like most good jokes, it was funnier the first time.
Uninspired as it is, the presence of some enjoyable moments means "Born Romantic" is certainly not the worst of films. It's just another British romantic comedy which will inevitably be marketed as the next big thing. But, then: 'The same old thing: with salsa!' isn't quite such a good tag for the poster.
Adrian Lester is dignified as ever, and Craig Ferguson does cheeky - just for a change. Jane Horrocks is v good and her scenes with her'ex' David Morrissey are well played. Some nice quirky ideas and dysfunctionally believable relationships and attempts at forming them, but I'd never call this a 'romantic' film. Not hugely comic either, more of a watch-in-disbelief late-at-night film, worth seeing, but not groundbreaking. The dancing is a bit annoying too - at least they don't suddenly become outrageously 'good' I suppose. The best thing in it though has to be Craig Ferguson' table... briliant!