Movie Review - Eternity: The Movie
Myko Olivier co-stars as BJ Fairchild, a slightly older, saxophone player who also tries to make ends meet by working at BJ-Maxx. He's the foil to Todd. He's really just a little more jaded. He's not as enthusiastic. He's certainly not as virginal. He's way more horny, and given his love of TV cop shows, he's also like a young Erik Estrada but his Spanish is horrible.
Nikki Leonti co-stars as Gina Marie, a Hispanic, aspiring singer-songwriter who lives next door to Todd whom becomes the object of affection for both Todd and BJ. She's extremely smarter than the two but she's a true friend to them. She witnesses Todd and BJ form a music group called Eternity and then stumble their way into fame and fortune.
Written by Joey Abi Loutfi and directed by Ian Thorpe, Hall & Oates is the basic inspiration for Eternity, and Olivier does have a bit of a resemblance to John Oates, a hip and somewhat sexy Italian. Yet, it's unsure if the filmmakers are paying homage to Hall & Oates or are simply mocking them. If the filmmakers seek to mock anything though, it's this idea of masculinity as portrayed in the 1980's through music.
Jon Gries who plays Barry Goldfield, Jr., a record label executive who looks like a lost member of the Bee Gees, even calls Todd and BJ gay. The movie prior to and even after that bombards us with all kinds of homosexual innuendo and retrofits this current concept of a bromance but to very queer extremes. Of course, the assumption is that Todd and BJ are lovers, even though they're not.
The whole movie seems like an extended Saturday Night Live skit, one perhaps tailored for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly where one joke is essentially stretched from beginning to end, and the gay assumption is exacerbated by those who recognize that Todd at one point dresses like Olivia Newton-John, while at other times he gives off a total George Michael vibe in terms of his attire and accessories. He even dons a single-cross earring. Aside from Hall & Oates, Eternity could be a riff on Wham!
The best parts of the movie are of course the songs. They're completely ridiculous but fun. For example, one favorite is a song titled "Alana," which is about Todd's ex-girlfriend who drowns and his basic lamentation is not that he should have done something to help her but that he wishes she were a better swimmer.
Three Stars out of Five.
Not Rated but recommended 14 and Up.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 31 mins.
Opens Oct. 17 at New York's AMC Empire 25.
Opens Oct. 24 at LA's Laemmle Music Hall.
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