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Love 101


Love 101

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Novice director Adrian Fulle shows promise behind the camera in Love 101, a campus-set comedic drama about life, love, drinking, and sex, but there's nothing the least bit eye-opening about the film itself. Set and filmed at Northern Illinois University, Love 101 has a nice feel for college life—there's actual talk of studying, if little evidence of it, and the dorm rooms don't look like high-end studio apartments—that matches the unmistakable earnestness of its well-scrubbed young cast. Sadly, it quickly veers into formula and remains content to stay there: Early on, a professor delivers a lecture about Buckminster Fuller's theory of the pyramid as the most stable geometric structure, and the film takes his words to heart by creating a pyramid of its own. Michael Muhney stars as a womanizing pretty boy who discovers he's capable of deeper emotions after a one-night stand with ineffectual roommate Jon Collins' unrequited love interest (Mary Kay Cook). An abundance of college stereotypes who would probably never socialize with one another (the stoner, the jock, the Republican, the exchange student) round out the cast. Love 101 would be much easier to enjoy if it had more going for it than heart—Fulle clearly likes his characters, making it hard not to join him—and verisimilitude. It's paced like a cement mixer, and while the actors move through the paces of some tired gags between moments of self-reflection, you might find yourself studying the wall decorations.