Length: 89 minutes
Director: Vanessa Parise (Kiss the Bride; Lo and Jo)
Writers: Vanessa Parise (Kiss the Bride; Lo and Jo) and Peter Stebbings
Starring: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Taryn Manning, Robert Forster, Vanessa Parise, Kelly Rowan, Charles Martin Smith, Peter Stebbings, Hannah Lochner, Robin Dunne, Krista Sutton
“Jack and Jill Vs. the World” is like someone opened a time capsule from 1999 and released it on all of us as some sort of punishment for letting Freddie Prinze, Jr. become a star to begin with. Watching the film, with Prinze, stiff as ever, in the lead is no different from the crud he was unleashing on us back in his “Head Over Heels”/”Down to You” hey day. The story is completely unoriginal, even by sappy romance standards. Stuck in his ways, uptight advertising exec Jack (Prinze) meets free spirited wanna-be actress Jill (Taryn Manning- also along in the time capsule- remember her as the pregnant best friend in Britney Spears’ “Crossroads”?). He puts her in one of his commercials and they fall in love. They want to keep things simple, so they keep a “manifesto” of rules- like “always tell the truth” and “be yourself”, you know the essentials of any true manifesto. There is a catch though, as much as Jill is changing Jack and his ways, she is also dying slowly from cystic fibrosis- a secret she keeps from Jack. But wait!? Isn’t that breaking rule one? Uh-oh! What’s going to happen when Jack finally finds out? Who cares? I think the better question is why is someone still letting Prinze make movies? And with Taryn Manning? Was Rachel Leigh Cook, who has resorted to co-star status in Jessica Simpson flops, too busy this time around? To no surprise, the film had an extremely limited theatrical run that started on April 4th. It’s all ready out of theaters. World= 1. Jack and Jill= 0.
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