TALK TO ME (1999)
Genre: Romantic comedy
Rating: Not rated
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: Northern Arts Entertainment
Director: George Esguerra
Producer: George Esguerra
Writer: George Esguerra & Robert Foulkes
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Although none of the characters turns to God or the Bible to solve their problems, TALK TO ME rightly criticizes the modern dating scene. For instance, Ronnie realizes the emptiness and loneliness that people create as they navigate the dangerous waters of the modern dating scene. She expresses her thoughts over the party line, and it clearly affects the other people on the line in a positive way.
However, the relationship between Betty and Arnold begins with a pornographic sex scene containing graphic nudity. In that scene, Betty and Arnold completely undress while they talk dirty to each other over a private line established by the dating service. They later consummate their affair in person. Consequently, the movie fails to realize that premarital fornication is a major reason men and women are having problems with their romantic relationships.
Thus, although the director, George Esguerra, who also co-wrote the movie, has fashioned an entertaining, at times insightful, movie, he has given his movie an immoral core that blinds him to the real solution to the crazy dating games that people play.