Movie review: 'Imagine Me & You'

  • Updated: February 9, 2006 - 6:07 PM

* out of four stars

Gay-themed movies will quickly lose their shock factor if they become as trite and cliché-ridden as this English romantic comedy. A story about a bride who falls for her female florist on her wedding day, the film is as formulaic as a trigonometry textbook.

Piper Perabo is about to tie the knot with Matthew Goode when she spies Lena Headey sprucing up the flower arrangements. One look and it's love at first sight. Yes, it's that kind of movie. Perabo doesn't know how to interpret her feelings. She really is immensely fond of Goode, a delightful bloke who dotes on her. And although Headey's attraction to Perabo is mutual, she has strong scruples about not breaking up a couple. So Perabo sneaks a lesbian DVD into the home player and finds excuses to invite Headey over for dinner.

All of this is played for charming comedy; most of it sputters like a damp firecracker. The script employs every contrivance known to rom-com screenwriting, from the light-rock soundtrack to the obligatory car chase to the airport. But what really pops the soufflé is that our runaway bride is dumping an innocent, completely well-meaning guy. Goode has the awkward charm of a young Hugh Grant, while Perabo doesn't come off as a character we want to root for.

* out of four stars

Rated R; profanity, sexual references.

Where: Lagoon Theater.

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