ON THE LINE
On the line . . . of being wholesome
Release Date: October 26, 2001
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Runtime: 80 minutes
Distributor: Miramax Films/Disney
Director: Eric Bross
Writer: Eric Aronson & Paul Stanton
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It’s this friend, Rod (played by Joey Fatone), who dedicates a song to Kevin, about all the times Kevin has crashed and burned at making the first move on a girl. Humiliated, Kevin unwinds on the “el” train in Chicago, by listening to the Rev. Al Green. Caught up in the moment, he finds himself singing out loud, despite the headphones, and everyone on the commuter is staring at him. Apologizing, he takes his seat again only to be praised for his choice of musicians by another Al Green fan, the innocently becoming Gabby (Chriqui). After a few moments of conversation with this girl and finding out they have a lot in common, including the same station exit, he is overcome by how much he likes this girl that he forgets to ask her what her name is and if he can have her phone number.
Innocently, he shares about this brief encounter with his former band buddies (now roommates), but they ridicule him for not asking all of the pertinent questions required to make the relationship work. At work the next day, he can’t get her out of his mind. He writes up an “Are You Her?” bulletin, distributing it and displaying it all over Chicago in the hopes of her responding with a phone call. A newspaper reporter latches onto the story and writes up about the innocent “love at first sight.” Every female in the city apparently reads the newspaper, because the next thing Kevin knows, his phone is ringing off the hook, and girls everywhere want to meet this charming young man!
It is at this point that so many become involved in his life (“He was only trying to be transparent, y’all!”) that they take advantage of the poor chap. His boss is demanding of his time and aims to please the clients by exploiting Kevin. His co-worker uses his creative ideas and claims them as her own. His friends start taking his calls for him and setting up dates for themselves (now where is the honor in that?). The news reporter hears wind of this scam and writes up a negative report on Kevin right when Gabby finds out that he’s looking for her. Will this ever work out?
Meeting girls left and right claiming to be “the one” from the “el,” he and his friends meet up with some random characters who are shown in a humorous light: a Goth, a New Age Fundamentalist, etc. At one point, a homosexual guy even responds to Kevin’s bulletin. They hang up on that one really quick.
Eric, Kevin’s best friend, (played by GQ), is the lucky one to meet up with Gabby, but wholly messes things up that one is only left to wonder if this will ever work out for Kevin. At first, Eric covers up the fact that he’s found “the one.” The truth is found out, however, and Kevin punches Eric for not being honest with him. In the end, the friendship is restored because Kevin is a wholesome guy – honest, humble and willing to forgive – even to the point of taking a demotion at work rather than rat on his co-worker for stealing his ideas.
Rated PG, ON THE LINE is more than just entertaining. While some may find it sickeningly sweet, it has the caliber of a good film. No one in this picture will win any secular acting awards but, for once, Hollywood spares viewers from graphic violence, sex, nudity and from a barrage of curse words! Even better, however, is the fact that MIRAMAX, which has a reputation for making some awful movies for teenagers, is responsible for this one, for a change. One “s” word is said, however, in ON THE LINE and there is some brief body humor. Also, one character sings some mildly suggestive lyrics, the worst of which is probably one that makes a reference to “go all night.”
MOVIEGUIDE® therefore recommends a caution for younger children. Teenagers are a more appropriate audience for ON THE LINE.
With only three obscenities, no sex scenes, no rebellious piercings, no drug abuse, and no parental hatred themes, ON THE LINE is a good movie for teenagers to see. It has a cute story full of good, clean fun. Best of all, the protagonist is a wholesome guy – moral, respectful and respectable, and forgiving. What a refreshing change that is!