Friday, January 7, 2011

Two Ninas (1999) [R] ***

Marty Sachs (Ron Livingston) is a lonely New York City newspaper sports writer with no love life, no agent for his suspense novel, and no self-esteem. Then he meets two beautiful women named Nina. Nina Cohen (Cara Buono) could be his soul mate, but she’s been burned before and is very cautious. Nina Harris (Amanda Peet) gives him an adrenaline rush and great sex, but they have nothing in common. How can Marty find out which Nina is the right one for him? And by the time he does, will the two Ninas have discovered what he has been doing? Will Marty have jeopardized his one chance for happiness?

This thought-provoking movie asks us to define commitment and cheating, and speculate about what we would do in a similar situation. The screen writing is good, although Marty’s friend Davis (Bray Poor) is a distraction when he acts as the narrator. This film has a similar theme to a more recent Ron Livingston film, Little Black Book, also starring Brittany Murphy and Holly Hunter, so if you enjoyed that film, you might enjoy Two Ninas.  

Labels: comedy, romance
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 41/100
Tomatometer (critics=67, viewers=49)

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