The film follows
the friendship of three fortysomething women who bemoan their barren love lives
during weekly drinking sessions. Kate (MacDowell) is a prim headmistress fending
off the advances of a homely vicar; Molly (Chancellor) is a vampy doctor with
a string of failed relationships; while Janine (Staunton) is the sweet local bobby.
When Kate meets
and falls in love with a former pupil, Jed (Doughty), the spinster equilibrium
is upset and Kate's friends conspire to rescue her from an unsuitable romance.
Written and directed
by John McKay, "Crush" starts out as an amusing frolic through the home
counties with tried and tested "Four Weddings"-style humour meted out
with aplomb by the acidic Chancellor and Staunton - while MacDowell womanfully
tackles sex scenes in graveyards with Bambi-eyed hunk Doughty.
But in the second
half, it turns darker and more brittle as a dramatic plot twist reveals jealousy,
hypocrisy, and suspicion deep within the women's friendship.
Although it's sappy
in places and borders on melodramatic towards the end, "Crush" nevertheless
manages to be affecting, entertaining, and wittier than most recent British comedies.
opens in UK cinemas on Friday 7th June 2002.
Reviewed by Jane
Crowther, BBC Films
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