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Mini Reviews (May 2004)

Standing on Fishes

Standing on Fishes (May 3/04)

Standing on Fishes is an innocuous little romantic comedy (or, as the packaging helpfully points out, "an unromantic comedy") buoyed by some engaging performances and a clever script. The film revolves around a bickering couple, Caleb and Erika (Bradford Tatum and Meredith Scott Lynn, who co-directed together), whose problems only get worse when Caleb finds himself falling for a free-spirited artist (played by Lauren Fox). A subplot involving Caleb's efforts to mold a prosthetic vagina for a quirky movie director (Kelsey Grammer) injects the film with some comedic relief. There's nothing terribly monumental going on here - Tatum and Scott Lynn aren't looking to re-invent the wheel - so for what it is, Standing on Fishes works. Both lead actors are charismatic enough to keep us interested even through some of the more dull portions, especially Caleb's burgeoning romance with said free-spirit. That subplot just doesn't work primarily because the object of Caleb's affection comes off as dull and weird, particularly next to Erika (a fiery, opinionated woman that has genuine chemistry with Caleb). The always-reliable Jason Priestley pops up as Caleb's assistant, and it's hard not to wish he'd been given more to do (then again, that's almost always true).

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© David Nusair