Wirey Spindell

on January 21, 2000 by Mike Kerrigan
   Eric Shaeffer ("My Life's in Turnaround," "If Lucy Fell," "Fall") has now made the same movie four times and it hasn't improved. His films revolve around idiosyncratic New Yorkers, most of whom do not speak or behave like anyone you have ever met--or would particularly like to. Thirtysomething Wirey (his hippie parents gave him the middle name of Spokes) is having a crisis because he's about to get married. Shaeffer uses this as the vehicle to go back all the way to babyhood and examine his life so far. It's a viable idea and could have made an entertaining and thought-provoking film. But Shaeffer insists on pushing the boundaries of his characters beyond all reason. His seven-year-old incarnation is not only having intercourse with both sexes but well on his way to becoming an alcoholic.
   By the time he gets into college--and later rehab--Wirey is so far removed from reality that it is impossible to identify with him or have any sympathy for his plight. And the interminable voiceovers hinder rather than help. As the movie gets back to the present the big puzzle is why anyone would want to get within 50 feet of the guy, let alone marry him.    Starring Eric Shaeffer, Callie Thorne, Eric Mabius and Samnantha Buck. Directed and written by Eric Shaeffer. Produced by Eric Shaeffer, Dolly Hall, Terence Michael and Lloyd Segan. A Winstar Cinema release. Comedy. Unrated. Running time 101 min.
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