Three to Tango (1999)
1st January 2000
Oscar Novak is an architect, and along with his gay business partner Peter Steinberg, are preparing a bid for a $90 million restoration contract of an old building owned by millionaire business man Charles Newman. Oscar's troubles start in the reception area of Charles' office when his secretary mistakenly thinks that he to is gay.
Charles is intensely jealous, and protective, of his mistress Amy, and believing that Oscar is gay he asks him to keep an eye on her for him. In order to keep in his good books, and win the restoration contract, Oscar plays along with being gay and discovers he is more popular with the girls than ever before. As he accompanies Amy to various social functions he realises he is falling in love with her, trouble is she also thinks that he is gay. But things get even worse when, much to the surprise of his friends and family, he is named 'Gay Man of the Year'.
The picture quality is good with a bright and sharp picture and plenty of vivid colours with no signs of outlining or artifacting. The bit-rate remains above average throughout the whole of the film, although there is some graininess at times, and the usual dark night time scenes handled well.
The sound will hardly give your system a work out, although the jazzy soundtrack appears all around the soundstage, and even though this is mainly a dialogue based film, there is the still the occasional use of the surround channels for ambient effects.
Although the menu was scored it was another static effort from Warner with a dismal number of extras. The usual, and now getting a little tiresome, Theatrical Trailer is present along with a set of rather bland textual Production Notes on the cast and director. I'm sure there was plenty of promotional material and footage around when the film was released at the cinema, why is it not here? At least we have the choice of viewing the widescreen or fullscreen version.
Unlike Matthew Perry's other recent film The Whole Nine Yards he doesn't quite play his character as yet another Chandler. This film is actually quite funny, especially when he is with a group of girls who have no problems talking about their sexual experiences and pickup lines to a gay man. There were plenty of laughs and although I got the impression that Neve Campell was a little out of place with such films as Scream and Wild Things behind her. However, it trundled along well enough to the obvious conclusion.
- Theatrical Trailer
- Production Notes