Cart Before the Horse
Release Date: August 30, 2002
Starring: Julie Davis, Nick Chinlund,
Caroline Aaron, Mitchell
Whitfield, and Jeff Cesario
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 85 minutes
Distributor: CatchLight Films
Director: Julie Davis
Executive Producer: Scott Mandell and David Straus
Producer: Julie Davis and Fred Kramer
Writer: Julie Davis
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Julie Davis, the writer and director, also stars in the movie as Amy Mandell, a 29-year-old self-help author who’s written a book titled WHY LOVE DOESN’T WORK. Amy’s book has become popular because it tells people that they don’t need a romantic relationship in order to be fulfilled. This is good advice, but Amy has found that it’s not really working for her. Starved for sex, Amy is waiting for the right guy to come along. The right guy turns out to be a shock jock named Matthew Star, played by Nick Chinlund.
After an on-air interview with Amy, Matt can’t get Amy out of his mind. He’s become uninterested in the other women who appear on his show to bear their breasts, a la Howard Stern. The budding romantic relationship between Matt and Amy shocks everyone around them, including themselves.
There’s trouble in paradise, however, as the affair goes through some typical ups and downs. Amy finally decides to throw down her guard and dare to experience the most elusive thing of all – love.
This movie might be a cute romantic comedy if they threw out the title, the graphic (but thankfully brief) sex scenes and the frequent vulgar verbal references to sex, including masturbation. Julie Davis is appealing enough, though she sometimes tries to imitate Woody Allen’s Jewish angst too often. In fact, her character foregoes therapy in favor of Catholic confession with a young, confused priest who starts living vicariously through her love life. The bigger talent here might be Julie’s co-star, Nick Chinlund, who has an ease and charisma before the camera that might lead to bigger and better things.
Ultimately, the sex and language in this movie are over the top and the messages are trite. The characters and filmmakers have put the cart before the horse, because they assume that lust and sex can make love bloom. Worst of all, perhaps, the Catholic priest makes for a bad Christian role model.
This movie might be a cute romantic comedy if they threw out the awful title, the graphic (but thankfully brief) sex scenes and the frequent vulgar verbal references to sex. Ultimately, however, the sex and language in this movie are over the top and the messages are trite. The characters and filmmakers have put the cart before the horse, because they assume that lust and sex can make love bloom. Worst of all, perhaps, the Catholic priest makes for a bad Christian role model. Naturally, MOVIEGUIDE® cannot recommend this movie