Lethargic, monotonous and dopey, this tale of doomed love directed by Lemonheads bassist turned music-video director Jesse Peretz (best known for his Jimmy McBride the cab driver ad campaign for MTV), sits like a load of molasses on an ulcer. Based
on a short story by Ian McEwan, Peretz's lumpy, ungainly feature debut is steeped in the claustrophobic intimacy of young love. Transplanted Brooklynite Joey Milano (Giovanni Ribisi) is quite literally shacked up with local girl Sissel (Natasha Gregson Wagner) in a Louisiana bayou town that time
forgot. Steeped in a European tradition of aimless angst, the movie's young lovers, who speak to each other as though through a...