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Cafe Romeo

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Cafe Romeo

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
94 minutes
performer:
Jonathan Crombie, Catherine Mary Stewart
director:
Rex Bromfield
distributor:
Republic Home Video
author:
Rex Bromfield
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a D-

With the dubious boast that it follows ”the tradition of St. Elmo’s Fire,” this coming-of-age story about a group of friends at a local cafe doesn’t strike even the slightest spark. The plot centers on a dental student-turned-cafe owner (Jonathan Crombie) and the aspiring fashion designer-waitress he loves (Catherine Mary Stewart) but has lost to his mafioso cousin. Trying to be a pithy slice of life, Cafe Romeo careens from bad comedy (in one scene the dental student, dressed in a tooth costume, can’t fit through a doorway) to bad drama (the mafioso cousin breaks a man’s leg over a debt). In fact, this movie jumps from one unfinished scene to another so abruptly that on video, you may think you’ve sat on your remote and begun zapping channels accidentally. D-

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