Retro Review: Head Over Heels

Written: February 5, 2001

Freddie Prinze Jr. returns to what he does best, another romantic comedy.

This time he falls for a painting restorer named Amanda (played by Monica Potter). The catch is that Amanda thinks she witnessed him murder a woman in his apartment. Amanda’s four new roommates decide to help her uncover the mystery.

Is Freddie a murderer or the man of her dreams?

Head Over Heels starts off as the perfect date movie where we are swept up into the life of Amanda and her little world where she is convinced that she is cursed to only find bad men. I loved how the film delivered us into her reluctant love life. Monica Potter is so cute as the reluctant Amanda that it’s very easy to get swept up by her character. She also has a great chemistry with Freddie which evens adds more to the delight.

Then there are the four eccentric supermodels, who are Amanda’s roommates, are hilarious. Its nice to see Hollywood present a film about models that isn’t a drama about bulimia, anorexia, or heroin. I liked that they were comical and spoiled rotten. The sad thing is
that they wore out their welcome to soon.

What really made me give up on this film was when they reveal the truth about Freddie and his connection to the murder. The film springboards into the British camp style of those “Carry On” movies. I mean you have hints through out the movie of the campy nature but they never really let it explode. The third act of this film destroys what could have been a sweet little movie. I wish I could talk more about this third act but it would spoil the whole film.

By seeing Freddie play a campy hero I can now say he is ready to play Fred in the “Scooby Doo” movie. It is really a shame how bad that third act is. I mean did anyone think about the continuity when they made this movie?

I liked Monica and Freddie. The models were funny to a point and well you now know about the third act.

(2 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer.

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