Head Over Heels (September 21/01)
In the few years that Freddie Prinze Jr. has been making movies, he's yet to pick a role that's even slightly edgy. In movie after movie, he continually plays the same sort of character - the nice guy. It's impossible to tell whether or not he's a good actor, since he hasn't ever tried to stretch himself or try something new.
In Head Over Heels, he plays a mysterious man that lives across the way from four models and their new roommate (played by Monica Potter). Potter finds him irresistibly attractive and starts spying on him. One day, she watches as he seemingly murders a woman, and takes it upon herself to investigate. And if you can't figure out whether or not Prinze is actually playing a bad guy, maybe it's time to take up macramé.
Head Over Heels isn't exactly terrible - it's just completely uninspired. And for a comedy, it doesn't have many laughs. And for a romance, the two leads have next-to-no chemistry. And for…oh, you get the idea. This is a movie who's definition of a wacky subplot is to have the four models that Potter is living with (they live there for free, and use Potter's rent money "for fun") turn her into a supermodel in order to attract Prinze's attention. Office Space, this is not.
But Potter is as charming as usual (though if you want to see what she can do when she has the right material, check out the little-seen romantic comedy The Very Thought Of You) and Prinze is fairly decent in his one-note role. The movie's been directed with some flair by Mark Waters, but all the flair in the world can't save a script this lame.
Head Over Heels might appeal to less-discriminating 12-year-olds, but that's about it.