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And Then Came Love (Unrated)





Release Date: June 15th, 2007 (Clearview Chelsea 9) by Fox Meadow Films.
The Cast: Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt, Kevin Daniels, Michael Boatman, Jeremy Gumbs, Stephen Spinella, Ben Vereen.
Directed by Richard Schenkman.

BASIC PREMISE: Julie (Williams) listens to the request of her mother (Kitt) to find a father for her six-year-old son, Jake (Gumbs).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: And Then Came Love suffers from a contrived plot with a stilted and awkward script. Vanessa Williams gives a decent performance as a Julie, a single mother who has a successful boyfriend, Ted (Boatman), but isnít willing to settle down with him. Meanwhile, she has the pressure of her controlling mother (Kitt) who desperately wants her to get married, but Ted doesnít get along that well with Jake. One day, she meets a man named Paul (Daniels), a struggling thespian, and, as it turns out, thereís a good reason why she chose to meet him. Jake, not surprisingly, loves hanging around with Paul and Julie gradually falls in love with him. This plot seems like it could work given that it has potential for drama and romance, but no one has any real chemistry onscreen. Screenwriter Caytha Jentis includes dialogue that often feels corny and stilted and, unfortunately, fails to bring any of the characters to life. The only savior here is the scene-stealing Eartha Kitt who adds some much-needed charm and pizzazz to this dull, awkward and contrived film. If only she were the central character, this would have been much more entertaining. SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Dull, contrived, awkward and stilted.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 9

IN A NUTSHELL: Eartha Kittís brief scene-stealing moments of pizzazz donít compensate for a dull, contrived plot with an stilted and somewhat corny script.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV


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