Two Girls and a Guy

Year: 1997
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Director: James Toback
Writer: James Toback
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner

A play that looks like it was turned into a movie somewhere along the line. With only one setting (a New York apartment building), it needed very strong performances and plot to sustain it. And while the premise is promising, it can't carry the idea without having to veer off the rails of logic to stay interested in itself.

Two women (including Graham) meet at the steps of an apartment building. They're both there to meet their boyfriends, and after they get talking they realise they're meeting the same man - successful, self-centred actor and apparent cheat Blake (Downey Jr).

They break in to for him, and when he shows they take their time revealing themselves. After they do, it becomes a long talkfest about his nature and him trying to justify himself that gets less interesting the longer it goes on.

When he takes one of them upstairs for a quick bout of oral sex in the midst of it all, the movies loses all logical credibility, and seemingly unrelated subplots like his ailing mother (whom he only talks to on the phone) don't help.

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