Born Romantic

on September 28, 2001 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
A salsa dance club is the backdrop for a series of events which lead to happiness for three disparate couples. At first, "Born Romantic" seems to be breaking new ground. One couple is comprised of a petty thief (Jimi Mistry), who likes to chloroform his victims after they've taken money out of bank machine, and a ditzy woman (Catherine McCormack), whose job is tending graves. But any promise of British eccentricity and meaty characterization is soon betrayed as "Born Romantic" smooths out the complexities and messiness of modern romantic life and ties everything up neatly by film's end.

If it's moderately better than its American counterparts (like "Return to Me"), it's only because the actors give it their all and because the British can't help but put a little honest grit into their comedies. Otherwise, this is another example of the unfortunate trend toward sentimentality in British films. Starring Jane Horrocks, Craig Ferguson and Catherine McCormack. Directed and written by David Kane. Produced by Michael Camarda. No distributor set. Comedy/Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 98 min

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