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Wild Roomies
Wild Roomies
Actors: A.J. Buckley, Holly Fields, Jennifer Lyons, Joel Michaely, David Wheir
Director: Oliver Robins
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2004     1hr 28min

Reno inherits a gorgeous but mortgaged hollywood home from his uncle. He & his girlfriend holly need help paying the bills & end up searching for roommates. They find themselves living with chad a womanizer whos got his ey...  more »

     
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Actors: A.J. Buckley, Holly Fields, Jennifer Lyons, Joel Michaely, David Wheir
Director: Oliver Robins
Creators: Oliver Robins, Anthony Perretti, J. David Williams, Michael Baumgarten, Richard Minnich, Kate McKinney
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, School Days, Love & Romance
Studio: Monarch Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/28/2004
Original Release Date: 06/04/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 06/04/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Character Study Lacks Depth, Becomes Lost In Foliage Of Soph
rsoonsa | Lake Isabella, California | 10/14/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"A tedious mixture of puerile efforts at humour with romantic relationship melodrama fails to provide this weakly made film with any flavour of reality. As action opens, Reno (A.J. Buckley) enters his apartment, there discovering his girlfriend in flagrante delicto with his roommate, who gloatingly tells Reno "Well, at least it's with someone you know", resulting in Reno's decision to never have another roommate, this decision told to viewers by means of a soon abandoned voiceover. The storyline then proceeds ten months where we find that Reno is indeed true to his word concerning avoidance of roommates, although this appears to beg the question due to his garnering of a live-in lover, Holly (Holly Fields), with whom he has generated marital plans. The plot briefly shifts to a sleazy Hollywood strip club, wherein Reno's Uncle Charley, enamoured of a "dancer" whom he finds eminently desirable, keels over dead atop the club's bar after seeing the unadorned charms displayed by the object of his affections. It is apparent that Charley had been aware of the flawed condition of his heart, because he created a video tape during which his commentary bequeaths his large (and mortgaged) residence in Hollywood to Reno, and we see the latter deciding to, contrary to his vow, interview applicants for two roommates as tenants, with he and Holly sharing the selection process in an organized manner. Following an inane sequence involving bizarre renter candidates, all of whom Reno and Holly unsurprisingly find unsuitable for living along with them in their house they, unknown to each other, each select a renter of the opposite sex, with the lovers manifestly cool toward the choice of their partner. The newcomers (Chad and Nicole) would seem to have little discernible point to their existence other than highly aural fornication with a broad range of partners, and it is not long before jealousy mars the harmonic relationship of Reno and Holly. Reno is bent upon patenting and merchandising a type of sporting travel bag and, as he has given an engagement ring to Holly, the potential success of this entrepreneurial adventure is of great financial significance if he intends to advance his marital plan. Unfortunately, the rapacious team of Chad and Nicole, whose every action is ostensibly laced with lust, is likely to disrupt any future wedding intentions of Reno. Direction is slack, plainly far from fulfilling basic needs of the players, although an erratically composed script provides scant material with which actors may work, and ad libbing falls embarassingly flat. As a result, the performances are undistinguished, not aided by spotty editing, while the manner of camerawork changes as abruptly and often as a firefly's tail light. Filmed with a low budget and on location, only a modicum of skill is required for the designing processes, but a larger measure of value might have been placed upon the tasteless D.J. background soundtrack, generally blaring and nearly always invasive. A good deal of discussion has been stimulated by the movie's final sequences that are apparently not expected by a viewer based upon what has come before, but in reality these comprise probably the only thoughtful portions of a poorly cobbled screenplay, and bids fair to make the work almost watchable, despite the shabby quality of the production as a whole."