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Only two of Three of Hearts portrayed convincingly

Three of Hearts
Yurek Bogayevicz.
Screenplay by Adam Greenman
and Mitch Glazer.
Starring William Baldwin, Kelly Lynch,
and Sherilyn Fenn.
Loews Cheri

By Douglas D. Keller

If you've been listening to the radio on your walkman while sitting in the Athena cluster working on your term project or thesis then you probably know that Three of Hearts is your typical "Girl meets girl. Girl loses girl. Girl hires guy to get girl back for her. But boy falls in love with her instead" movie. Yes, a quasi-lesbian romance for the '90s without any lesbian sex and without any in-depth examination of a lesbian relationship in the '90s.

Joe (William Baldwin) is an escort/gigolo by night and a phone sex operator during the day who is hired by Connie (Kelly Lynch) to be her date at her little sister's wedding because her lover, Ellen (Sherilyn Fenn), has just broken up with her. When Joe professes his ability to have any woman at any time, Connie decides to hire him to break Ellen's heart so that she will come back to Connie.

"That's ridiculous," responds Ellen upon being informed, towards the end of the movie, of Connie's plot. Ellen's assertion brought several guffaws of encouragement from the audience because director Yurek Bogahyevicz has done a poor job in setting up a credible romance between Ellen and Joe. In fact, more time is spent on building up the friendship between Connie and Joe then is spent with Joe and Ellen. This is not however a fatal flaw for the film because I really didn't want Joe and Ellen to get together in the first place.

What I was hoping to see in Three of Hearts was Hollywood tackling the task of portraying a credible "outed" lesbian romance in a mainstream film. It didn't happen. Lynch does a fine job in playing the broken-hearted lover who just can't let go of her significant other. Fenn is less convincing as the bisexual who never seems to come to terms with her own sexuality. Baldwin is convincing, though, as the gigolo who begins to rethink his profession once he has tasted the spirits of love.

ways that friendships sometimes do. Bogayevicz's film occasionally rambles from its probable course, but is satisfying in the end in its resistance of the classic Hollywood ending.