Paperback Romance | Chicago Reader

Paperback Romance

This mess (produced in 1994) lurches from broad comedy to dark humor to mild erotica to crime without ever making these elements come together. Sophie (Gia Carides) works on a series of romance novels in the library, whispering the text audibly as she composes—to the delight of another patron, Eddie (Anthony LaPaglia), who deals jewelry on both sides of the law. Though Eddie's engaged, he asks Sophie to have coffee with him. The rest of the story drags a detective—many of whose scenes were clearly cut without regard for the gaps this creates in the narrative—into their yo-yoing romance, as Sophie attempts to conceal from Eddie a lame plot device writer-director Ben Lewin would have us believe has a crucial effect on her character.

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