Two Girls And A Guy

on April 24, 1998 by Ed Scheid
   Robert Downey Jr.( "Chaplin") and director James Toback, who collaborated on "The Pick-Up Artist" in 1987, return in a film about another seduction artist. Carla (Heather Graham, "Swingers") and Lou (Natasha Gregson Wagner, "Lost Highway") realize they are both dating the same guy, Blake (Downey Jr.). The two girls sneak into his apartment, and when Blake returns, Carla and Lou angrily confront him. The characters talk and talk about fidelity and relationships, but the yelling and insults become tiresome. The only successful part of the film is Downey's energetic performance, full of superficial charm as he tries to explain how he could love both girls. Carla and Lou are too sketchily drawn for either Graham or Wagner to make much of an impression.
   The poster in Blake's apartment of "Jules and Jim" only emphasizes how inferior Toback's film is to Truffaut's masterpiece about another romantic triangle.    Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner. Directed and written by James Toback. Produced by Edward R. Pressman and Chris Hanley. A Fox Searchlight release. Comedy. Running time: 85 min.
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