Michael Sauter
August 20, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Unmade Beds

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Aimee Copp, Brenda Monte
director
Nicholas Barker
genre
Drama, Documentary

We gave it a C

In this faux documentary, four real-life New Yorkers portray fictionalized versions of themselves as they talk about looking for love in the personal ads. Zaftig Aimee still pines for her S&M-minded ex-boyfriend. Brassy Brenda just wants a man who’ll give her money without expecting sex. And self-described ”catch” Mikey enjoys showing off his bachelor-pad bathroom, thoughtfully stocked with feminine hygiene products. All this might be painfully affecting if we didn’t know these people had been provided with dialogue by director Nicholas Barker. While some critics found this blurring of invention and reality bold and provocative, this one was left in emotional limbo: These characters are too real to be taken as fiction and too phony to be taken as truth.

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