MR. WRITE AND MR. RIGHT—Reviews of Blue Tooth Virgin and Mr. Right

Blue Tooth Virgin is one of those films that celebrates dialogue and talking heads in movies. Many people would consider this a reason not to see it. They would be wrong. I first saw Blue Tooth Virgin at the Hollywood Film Festival in 2008 and it’s a delightful gem. The topic may seem too esoteric; it’s about an L.A. screenwriter who gives his latest opus to a friend for feedback and the friend doesn’t like it—hilarity and dramatic conflict ensue. I have a friend who sent me a review that basically stated that if you weren’t in the industry, you probably wouldn’t enjoy it. I said that is like saying you couldn’t enjoy the Three Sisters unless you were Russian. The director (Russell Brown who also wrote) does impressive work in such small locations and the script’s a pip. But it does have one flaw: the author is never clear enough as to whether the writer has actually written something good or not. The screenwriter bristles at his friend’s inability to understand key turning points in his script. The screenwriter then goes to a script consultant who basically gives him the same feedback. So is the writer misunderstood, but more talented than his friend who writes formulaic crap, or is he just a screenwriter who can’t take criticism? The author of the movie seems to want it both ways, which throws everything off balance. But it’s still well worth seeing.

The reviews to Mr. Right suggest it’s about a woman who only dates men who turn out to be gay. It’s not. Not even close. Not even in the same universe. It’s a character study of a group of gay friends and their changing romantic relationships with an occasional scene about the woman friend thrown in at random moments for some unclear reason. The real movie, the gay relationship ensemble dramedy, is perfectly all right (no pun intended), though it takes no chances, has no real edge, and pretty much resembles every other gay (or straight) relationship ensemble dramedy you’ve ever seen before, i.e., you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss ten bucks goodbye. Written by David Morris (who also directed along with Jacqui Morris), the author’s big targets are modern art, DIY shows and small theater (the last most amusingly and convincingly). The most interesting through line revolves around a rugby player whose little girl keeps sabotaging his attempts to start a new relationship. The least convincing is a DIY producer who finds his own relationship in trouble when the kept boyfriend of a friend comes after him; he actually decides to give up his dream of traveling to be with this shallow, fallow creature.

10/29/2008 – Regent Acquires "The Blue Tooth Virgin"

I saw this movie at the Hollywood Film Festival and I highly recommend it. Though it almost seems as if it’s going to be a one joke movie, it is anything but. It takes all sorts of unexpected twists and turns by the end. You will get a kick out of it.

Award-winning Feature selected for Palm Spring International Film

LOS ANGELES — October 29, 2008 — Regent Releasing, a leading independent U.S. film istributor, announced today that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to “The Blue Tooth Virgin,” the second film from writer/director Russell Brown. Regent acquired the film from The Simon LLC, and will distribute to select U.S. cities in early 2009.

“The Blue Tooth Virgin” made its premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival 2008 winning the Special Jury Award and was recently voted as a Top-Ten Audience Favorite at the Sao Paolo International Film Festival in Brazil. “The Blue Tooth Virgin” will also show as part of the official line up at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January of 2009. The film stars Austin Peck (“As the World Turns”), Bryce Johnson (“Popular”), Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”, “Dont Let Me Drown”), Roma Maffia (“Nip/Tuck”), Lauran Stamile (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Karen Black (“Five Easy Pieces”).

“We’re thrilled to be working with Russell Brown on his second accomplished feature,” said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President Distribution and Acquisitions. “Regent is committed to nurturing and showcasing artistic innovation and we are honored to work with such a talented filmmaker like Russell Brown.” Brown’s first feature, “Race You to the Bottom,” was released theatrically in the United States in March, 2007, by Regent Releasing.

In “The Blue Tooth Virgin,” two writers must face a dilemma that is common to anyone who has ever had an artistic friend: What happens when you have to give feedback, and the news isn’t good? Sam, an aspiring screenwriter, and David, a successful magazine editor, have been pals for years. When David doesn’t appreciate Sam’s latest attempt, it opens a fissure in their friendship, one that spreads through the rest of their lives. Ultimately, both men must reevaluate their motivations to write, their need for praise and validation, and what it means to see yourself as you actually are.

Russell Brown, writer and director of “The Blue Tooth Virgin,” said, “Regent recognized early on that ‘The Blue Tooth Virgin’ is an accessible comedy with universal themes. I couldn’t be happier about the collaboration.

“The acquisition deal for “The Blue Tooth Virgin” was negotiated between Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent and Ronna Wallace, of Eastgate Pictures.

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