'N Sync's Lance shouldn't quit his day job yet

Movie review

October 26, 2001|By NEWSDAY

On the Line is sophisticated romantic comedy for people who think Corky Romano is trenchant political satire. The movie is a Cheez Doodle - airy, empty, messy and, in the short term, perfectly harmless.'N Sync's Lance Bass is Kevin, a low-level Chicago ad man who's so tongue-tied around a pretty girl that he can't even get the name and phone number of a woman (Emmanuelle Chriqui) he meets on the train and with whom he has everything in common except efficient synapses. He blankets the city with leaflets seeking her out, a grand maneuver that makes him, for a while, the city's love god.

Cornball premise and hokey humor aside, neither Bass nor fellow 'N Sync-er Joey Fatone (as Kevin's buddy) embarrasses himself in his feature debut; both exhibit sustained flashes of goofy charm. The closing credits, sandwiched within a welcome finale by the Rev. Al Green, has a couple of other 'N Sync dudes, Justin Timberlake and Chris Kirkpatrick, helping out with some joshing.

It's not a whole lot funnier than what preceded it, but it's just enough to make one believe that if this were 60 years ago, the boy band would be well suited for some raucous short subjects.

Anyone for 'N Sync Meets the Mummy or Goofin' and Woofin' Down Broadway? Anyone?

On the Line

Starring Lance Bass, Emmanuelle Chriqui

Directed by Eric Bross

Released by Miramax

Rated PG (for language and some crude humor)

Running time 90 minutes

Sun score * 1/2

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