Easy Release Date: 9 February 2007 (Mexico) Genre: Comedy | Romance | Drama Director(s): Jane Weinstock Writer(s): Jane Weinstock Starring: Marguerite Moreau, Brían F. O’Byrne, Naveen Andrews Yes, it’s another soft and frilly romantic comedy that I actually enjoyed. But unlike most in the genre, like Dog Gone Love and Pursuit of Happiness, the jokes […]

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Easy
Release Date: 9 February 2007 (Mexico)
Genre: Comedy | Romance | Drama
Director(s): Jane Weinstock
Writer(s): Jane Weinstock
Starring: Marguerite Moreau, Brían F. O’Byrne, Naveen Andrews

Yes, it’s another soft and frilly romantic comedy that I actually enjoyed.

But unlike most in the genre, like Dog Gone Love and Pursuit of Happiness, the jokes here aren’t sitcom lite. Nor are the characters cardboard cutouts, as Easy actually creates a series of unconventional characters that are guided in the perfect direction by writer/director Jane Weinstock. This is actually a damn fine film that, on second thought, isn’t so soft and frilly after all.

In Easy, the excellent Marguerite Moreau plays Jamie Harris, a young woman whose life is defined by the movie’s opening scenes. As the credits begin, an answering machine cycles through various men giving excuses on why they can’t see her for a second date. That’s Jamie’s problem. She’s attracted to the kind of men who want to sleep with her on the first date, but after that, never want to see her again. In her words, she’s attracted to jerks.

She hopes to change all that when she stumbles upon her ex-poetry teacher John while attending a reading of his new book. Despite her friend’s urges, she has sex with him that night. Shocking to her is the fact that he wants to continue into a relationship. Only thing is that he’s still stuck on his ex-girlfriend, who soon enough enters into the picture. At the same time, Jamie meets Mick, a late-night talk show host who does specials on the odd jobs people have. With Jamie’s being that of a product namer, she comes on his show, only for a relationship to develop between them as well. So as a love triangle develops between these three, those around Jamie, including her father and best friend, are having their own adventures.

While not a true direct-to-video effort, as it had a short run on six screens, I felt the need to review Easy after seeing it. Despite throwing out too many secondary plots and twists, Easy is still a great movie. First time director and writer Jane Weinstock weaves unconventional twists into a conventional story, and her directing is excellent. The sex scene she films between Moreau and actor Naveen Andrews is done with incredible realism, and as a result had more effectiveness than others could ever hope to have.
Easy is easily the best romantic comedy I’ve reviewed yet.

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