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Coming Soon


Coming Soon

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Combining the overwritten, underfunny one-liners and highbrow name-dropping of a Woody Allen knockoff with the smug pseudo-sophistication of Sex And The City, Coming Soon stars Bonnie Root as a wealthy New York high-school senior who has never had an orgasm. Abetted by her two best chums, one vampy and voracious (Gaby Hoffmann), the other moody and Daria-esque (Tricia Vessey), Root seeks out that elusive orgasm, first with a smarmy preppie and later with scruffy film student Kevin Corrigan. But lurking in the background is sensitive rocker Ryan Reynolds, an extremely poor man's Ben Affleck whose scruffy goatee and contempt for Root's friends marks him, in this film at least, as a reckless iconoclast. The vastly superior Slums Of Beverly Hills, which also co-starred Corrigan, covered similar thematic material but captured the emotional messiness of adolescence in a way the relentlessly superficial Coming Soon never even attempts. Beverly Hills was also savvy and class-conscious, but the vain, self-absorbed yuppies who occupy this film hardly seem to notice anything other than money, Ivy League colleges, and connections. The starring trio is adequate but little more, with Root feigning deer-in-headlights surprise throughout while the supporting cast (including Peter Bogdanovich, Spalding Gray, and Ryan O'Neal) proves shrill and cartoonish, particularly an abrasive Mia Farrow as Root's space-cadet mother. A comedy with a thin veneer of taste and sophistication but the soul of an upscale sitcom, Coming Soon proves that female-centered teen sex comedies can be just as uninspired and forgettable as their male-themed counterparts.