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Waiting for Michelangelo

In English (1996)

Evelyn: "I guess it's true. You just know when it's right."

Roy Dupuis got to play the physical embodiment of a refrigerator magnet. Unfortunately, the role was just that exciting.

Kelly (Renee Coleman) is a divorced newscaster and single mother who has given up looking for the perfect man, until she meets a Swiss art dealer Thomas (Roy Dupuis), who sweeps her off her feet. Of course, things are never that simple; at the same time, sensitive novelist Jonathan (Rick Roberts) also comes into her life, resulting in the inevitable love triangle.

Renee Coleman was sweet and personable, and her character was likable; it was pretty much her movie. I liked the scene where Kelly and her best friend Evelyn were eating popcorn and running a video of Thomas backward and forward, over and over. The young actor who played Kelly's son okay, too, as was his oh so cute ambition to be a master chef.

Roy Dupuis appeared awkward and uncomfortable in the part of Thomas, probably because they forgot to give his character a personality. I suspect he was cast because of his passing resemblance to Michelangelo's David, which was enhanced by a particularly curly hair style. They even had him standing in a David pose at one point, which might have been more exciting if he hadn't been fully clothed.

Interestingly enough, a passionate love scene and a silly fight were the most convincing parts of the movie for me, probably because Roy could effectively smolder and project sexual arousal or anger instead of spouting predictable dialogue in a Swiss accent that just never worked. He did some other cool physical stuff, too, which was fun. In one scene, he juggled; in another, he jumped rope like a boxing pro, and ran effortlessly while doing dialogue with Rick Roberts.

Waiting for Michelangelo is occasionally funny and amusing, but it is also like a poorly written romance novel. It never comes into focus, and it meanders to a predictable but somehow unrealistic conclusion.

Two out of four stars,

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.

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