What You Need To Know:
(RoRo, C, Ho, ACap, L, AAA, D, MM) Strong Romantic worldview where main character is completely guided by her emotions and sometimes takes drastic measures to support those emotions, with light Christian element as wedding is performed in a church, and some homosexual references including men attracted to each other, as well as anti-capitalist implication that lawyer sold out from the job he loved to make more money and tries to influence his girlfriend to do the same; five strong obscenities and four strong profanities; no violence; some passionate kissing and innuendo; no nudity, but woman shown in bra and underwear as she dresses; mother shown abusing alcohol and other characters often drinking in a bar; mother takes too many pills and various characters smoking; mother believes in astrology and influences daughter about fate, some lying, and divorce treated lightly.
GENRE: Romantic Musical
ANYTHING BUT LOVE stars Isabel Rose as Billie Golden, a lounge singer with dreams of cabaret. With a love for the era of the 1950s, Billie gets an opportunity to follow her dreams with cynical piano man Elliot (Andrew McCarthy) or her handsome lawyer boyfriend Greg, played by Cameron Bancroft.
ANYTHING BUT LOVE depicts Billie’s life as she comes to a crossroads, where she must chose between her dreams of love or music. Billie has always wanted to live the fantasy that she memorizes from old movie musicals, but can’t believe her luck when love and success begin to knock on her door. Yet, eventually Billie must face reality and see that real life doesn’t always work out as perfectly as we want.
Written by and starring Isabel Rose as the charming Billie, ANYTHING BUT LOVE will be a delight to a true musical aficionado. However, most will likely be turned off by the extravagant dream world that Billie inhabits during the story. Billie is a fairly clueless girl who does not know quite how to deal with the issues facing her, such as her mother’s constant drinking or her lack of job opportunities. In the end, she seems to get it all, yet not without hurting others. As she is planning to divorce her husband only minutes after marrying him, Billie boldly states, “So what if I want to live my life in a Technicolor dream. Am I hurting anyone?”
Ultimately, ANYTHING BUT LOVE needs a bit more reality and depth for the script, and more money to do a better job of editing and direction. Though not a horrible film, ANYTHING BUT LOVE is easily forgettable, somewhat amateurish, and contains some content for mature audiences.
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SUMMARY: ANYTHING BUT LOVE stars Isabel Rose as Billie Golden, a lounge singer with dreams of cabaret who has to choose between a cynical piano pan or her handsome lawyer boyfriend. Lacking some depth and reality, this musical is easily forgettable, a bit amateurish, and contains some content for mature audiences.