Release Date: October 13th, 2006 (Village East Theater) by Microangelo Entertainment.
The Cast: Taylor Handley, Dustin Seavey, Gina Bellman, Kyle Schmid, Marieh Delfino, Rebecca Mozo, Alison Folland.
Directed by Martin Curland.
BASIC PREMISE: Luke (Handley) develops Zerophilia, a genetic condition which changes him into a woman, Luca (Delfino), whenever he becomes sexually aroused.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Although Zerophilia is refreshingly original without being a sequel, a prequel, a remake or based on a true story, its imaginative plot gradually wears a bit thin and feels short in terms of real surprises. In the brief opening scene, Luke loses his virginity to a seductive British woman. He manages to get a date with Michelle, a very attractive young woman played by Rebecca Mozo whose resemblance to Winona Ryder is uncanny. Not surprisingly, during the dinner date, Luke excuses himself to the bathroom while the Zerophilia kicks into full gear. The only three people who know about his secret are his friend Janine (Folland), her boyfriend and Sydney (Bellman), a doctor who shows up in a contrived scene as a specialist in Zerophilia. To complicate matters, Michelle’s brother, Max (Schmid) falls in love with the woman-version of Luke, Luca. Will Luke chose to continue to struggle with Zerophilia or to permanently stay one gender by have sex with another Zerophiliac? Unfortunately, the script doesn’t allow for enough character development for one to care about the solution to this conflict. Luke and Michelle come across as somewhat dull characters, although they both clearly have physical attraction. The first and second acts are both outrageously funny. However, some scenes in the second act feel a bit contrived and redundant—how many times do you have to see Luke chance into Luca? Most of the attempts at humor fall flat. Of course, there’s some nudity which provides some eye candy. Unfortunately, a plot twist in the second act feels slightly gimmicky. It would have been interesting to include more information about the condition and history of Zerophilia. Ultimately, this first feature film by writer/director Martin Curland combines the genres of science fiction, comedy, drama and romance without enough focus. He should learn to take more creative risks by making the material more quirky, bizarre and even darker, such as in Being John Malkovich, the quintessential, hilariously bizarre comedy/drama that never runs out of original ideas.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Occasionally contrived and redundant.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 2
IN A NUTSHELL: Refreshingly original and outrageously funny. However, the plot occasionally feels redundant and contrived with diminishing surprises and imaginative ideas.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD
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