LET IT SNOW Add To My Top 10
Adrift in the Storm of Love
Release Date: June 29, 2001
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Artistic License Films
Director: Adam Marcus
Executive Producer: Donny Epstein & Yeeshai Gross
Producer: Kipp Marcus
Writer: Kipp Marcus
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One New England snow day, however, James, now 18, meets Sarah, the pretty Gentile girl who’s just moved in next door. They become fast friends, Sarah goes off to New York City to become a TV meteorologist, and James starts to attend classes at the CIA, the Cooking Institute of America. One evening, they arrange a date and sparks begin to fly, but a misunderstanding causes a failure by James to follow up on his feelings for Sarah until it’s too late. Basically, both James and Sarah are afraid that love will ruin their friendship.
Four years later, James has dropped out of cooking school and is working as a mere waiter for a catering firm in New York City. Sarah, meanwhile, is about to get married to a stuffy young Englishman she met in London. All James wants now is another snow day to get a second chance at love. Unhappily for him, it’s June!
Kipp Marcus stars in LET IT SNOW as James. He also wrote the screenplay, which is directed by his brother, Adam. Alice Dylan plays Sarah, and Bernadette Peters plays James’ ditzy mom. As played by the two romantic leads, Sarah and James make a cute couple, which is important if you want viewers to sympathize with their romantic predicaments, but the movie veers away from the winsome comedy of the opening scenes to engage in sex farce as James dates other women after he and Sarah part company. Before those scenes, there is also some crude dialogue from James’ best friend, Mitch, played by Henry Simmons of TV’s NYPD BLUE. It is only at the end that the movie really picks up steam as James becomes lovelorn and starts to act a little bit crazy himself.
Thus, like many independent movies, what LET IT SNOW needs is a good script doctor to tighten up its storyline and a cleaner, more intelligent sensibility to heighten its quotient of fun. The crude dialogue and smarmy sex scenes don’t belong in any movie, of course, but that’s even more true with this one because the main romance between James and Sarah is handled so pleasantly.
Played by Kipp Marcus, who also wrote the screenplay, and Alice Dylan, James and Sarah make a cute couple, a necessary ingredient for such a romantic comedy as LET IT SNOW. Regrettably, however, their winsome, gentle romance is surrounded by some crude dialogue and smarmy sex scenes, especially when James “sows his wild oats” after his romance with Sarah fails. It is only at the end that the movie picks up steam.