Ken Tucker
June 13, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Mom's New Boyfriend

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
97 minutes
performer
Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan
director
George Gallo
author
George Gallo
genre
ActionAdventure, Romance

We gave it a C-

She hasn’t been America’s sweetheart in years, but has she really been reduced to donning a fat suit for this limp romantic comedy costarring Antonio Banderas? If for nothing else than the health of Meg Ryan’s career, I hope her new feature film, The Women, opening in theaters Sept. 12, is a hit. Because Ryan’s latest release is a woeful direct-to-DVD romantic comedy called My Mom’s New Boyfriend; it reminds us how far the Sleepless in Seattle/You’ve Got Mail star’s star has fallen. In New Boyfriend, Ryan’s Marty falls for a suspected art thief. Colin Hanks, as her FBI-agent son, tries to scotch the romance. Ryan begins the film in fake-looking fat-suit makeup, so she can soon slim down to become ”hot,” as numerous folks refer to her. She’s playing a kooky free spirit in the manner of her biggest hits, but Ryan just looks strained; she mugs too much in an effort to give the lame punchlines a little oomph. And there are no sparks between her and Banderas. After over a decade of trying to alter her flaky-charmer image in serious-minded flops ranging from Restoration (1995) to In the Cut (2003), Ryan sure deserves a break. But she doesn’t get it here. C-

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