Thursday, July 3, 2014

SUCH GOOD PEOPLE

Young good-looking couple Richard and Alex have big dreams that they will never be able afford to make come true.  Not only do they want to become fathers, but they want a big new house to live in too. They are out driving one afternoon around Silverlake in Los Angeles when they spot a perfect craftsman house which they fall in love with at first sight.  As it so happens the owners are in the middle of hosting a Garden Party, so the boys 'crash' it so they can get a better look. They also are surprised to discover that Alex's half-sister and her husband Cooper are there amongst the guests. After Alex by chance befriends the home owners, he and Richard get asked to step in for the housesitter who has just cancelled, as they are off to Bhutan to raise funds for the orphans there. Paige and Cooper also lust after the house, and so are more than miffed that they were not asked to be its temporary guardians.

The boys move in the next day, and are in seventh heaven living in this rather fabulous house and taking care of the owners gaggle of labra-poodle dogs, and then they accidentally discover a hidden room that has a secret stash of almost a million dollars in cash.  They panic like the silly pair of queens they are and just when they are really totally confused, word reaches them that the owners have been killed in a tragic accident, and they think that news now gives them carte blanche to steal all the cash.

This is where this wacky (very unfunny) preposterous madcap comedy loses all semblance of a realistic plot completely, and along with it our patience too.  As the boys flutter between giving all the money to a homophobic Bhutan orphans organisation, or to a porpoise charity, or just using it to buy the house, the criminal mob whose money it is, comes back looking for it.  There is a marked difference between silly and being stupid, and this movie is sadly definitely the latter.

I started out with such great enthusiasm as it has such a good pedigree.  Directed by Stewart Wade ('Coffee Date') and starring the very likable Michael Imrie ('Ugly Betty') and cute Randy Harrison who has practically disappeared from our screens since he finished 'Queer as Folk' in 2005. And they were backed up a strong supporting cast that included Ana Ortiz ('Ugly Betty'), Scott Wolf ('Party of Five'), Tom Lenk ('The Cabin In the Woods') and James Urbaniak ('American Splendour') and even Lance Bass!

It seems a shame that so much talent should be poured into this , but with such an embarrassingly lame script like this, they really stood no chance at all.