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6 Degrees Entertainment

(Matt LeBlanc, Ali Larter, Chevy Chase, Kristen Johnson, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: 'Lovesick' is the comic tale of Charlie Darby (Matt LeBlanc), a man who has everything going for him: a great job as an elementary school principal, supportive friends and a wonderful life. The one thing that Charlie doesn't have is love because every time he starts to fall for a girl, his brain chemistry changes and he goes clinically insane.

DVD Verdict: The movie, 'Lovesick' opens with a dictionary caption: Lovesick (adjective): “So deeply affected by love as to be unable to act normally.” This basically sets you up for the plot.

The movie begins with a clever narration over an accompanying cartoon of caveman drawings, while the narrator spins a cute portrayal of how a relationship can spiral out of control over the smallest miscommunication. He goes on to point out that they usually stop spinning once it is sorted out -- unless one of the people in the relationship is psychotic!

Enter Charlie, played by Matt LeBlanc: the relationship psychotic. From the beginning we are made to feel sorry for his character. I mean, the poor guy has had his heart stomped on over and over and over. The narrator, we soon learn, is also Charlie's best friend, who tries to help be Charlie’s sane counselor; but Charlie rarely listens to his good advice.

Charlie’s initial idea is to only date women he couldn’t possibly fall in love with. He also tries to purge his life of physical reminders of the women who broke his heart: a kangaroo stuffed animal, a heart headband, a coffee cup.

Being that this is a romantic comedy, it is obvious that he will inevitably meet a woman he falls for. Enter beautiful Ali Larter. She plays dancer-80s singer-teacher Molly. The two of them meet at a bar where Charlie helps Molly remember the words to a song she has to sing at a party she is working at. She decides to find Charlie where he works as a principal, approaching him for work. She is charmed and talks him into a first date. The real fun soon begins.

It’s on the second date that we figure out the real twist. Charlie, perhaps, has been exaggerating or even imagining his past relationship’s failings. Maybe, just maybe all these women didn’t cheat on him and stomp all over his heart. Maybe his psychosis was responsible for the breakups.

His successive dates with Molly show one folly after another as we watch Charlie get closer and closer to sabotaging this relationship as well. He sees her talk to a concierge and she must be cheating. She goes to Las Vegas to visit a grandmother and she must be with a boyfriend. His mind creates exaggerated versions of the truth based on his "lovesickness".

I won’t spoil the ending, but I am sure you can figure it out. Despite the predictability of the movie, the acting is good, and it’s a fun silly story. Not a bad way to spend 90 minutes on my couch. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2:40.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

Reviewed By: Michelle Richardson

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