Rating: 4 ½ out of 5:
Sunday’s At Tiffany’s. Their tagline honestly should be ‘Not to be confused with Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, but I digress. Joke potential wasted.
Made in 2010 for direct-to-TV viewing and adapted from the novel of the same name unusually by crime thriller writer James Patterson and his co-writer more up this kind of alley, Gabrielle Charbonnet, you would expect that the two worlds cannot or would merge in quite strange and catastrophic ways. Well, you would be mistaken.
Despite being a crime and thriller writer by trade, Patterson was able to produce a romantic story about a girl and her imaginary friend who disappears when she is young and comes back when she has grown up to help her discover herself once again. It, though having the stigma of being directed just to TV, is a beautiful movie in itself, especially helped with the inclusion of main female lead Alyssa Milano.
Alyssa Milano is a household name thanks to the TV series ‘Charmed’ about three witches, so it isn’t a far stretch of the mind to see her in a production like this. She also serves as a producer on the movie, citing that, in her words: ‘there is a sense of being more creatively involved and more emotionally aware.’, which I can agree with wholeheartedly.
Also along for the ride, as I mentioned earlier, was small time soap star Eric Winter, a pretty face with a short rap sheet of TV shows, failed take off pilots and a current role on APB, a new science fiction inspired cop show. While Eric was not from a well articulated actor background like Alyssa, his character of Micheal showed the skills he was trying to make it in the business with off well.
Charismatic, classy, handsome and quite sweet, Eric’s portrayal of the grown up Micheal as actually rather good, giving you the feeling that he’s a really nice guy, despite some of the ridiculous things he does, which is the opposite of the other male lead, Ivan Sergei and his character, Hugo.
Hugo, unlike childish Micheal, is brash, rude, a potential (or current) womanizer and even worse, most likely manipulating poor Jane (Alyssa’s character) to make his career skyrocket from her mother being famous.
He makes little effort to know Jane and instead focuses more on work, thus making a rather overused movie trope a reality: Overworked, dissatisfied character (usually a woman) seeks better life, finds better man and better job instead, happy ending and in this case, it was a happy ending, but I’m not going to tell you why.
In the spirit of this movie and it’s allude to imagination, I”m just going to leave to you to decide how the happy ending went. After all, an artist can have all sorts of tools. He can have a brush, a pen, a pad , a hand, but his imagination is the greatest tool in his box.