Martin Amis's brilliantly acerbic first novel is unpersuasively filmed as a trendy teen comedy, with its self-loathing intellectual hero transformed into a nerdy-but-lovable computer geek. Charles Highway (Dexter Fletcher) has turned Swinging London into a science. He's created a
home-computer program into which he has poured the accumulated data of his love life, then constructed a technique with which to plot future seductions. But when Charles meets American playgirl Rachel Seth-Smith (Ione Skye), his system seems to break down.
Writer-director Damian Harris (son of actor Richard) gives the conventions of teen romantic comedy a realistic twist: for once, boy...