A Sensible Obsession
The title "A Sensible Obsession" is oxymoronic. One could conjecture that since nobody in the film has bad skin, nobody needs oxy. Therefore, the film is merely moronic. And this is being kind. A Sensible Obsession plods it's way through a story of unconditional love and change. Josh (Mick Shane) is an ordinary guy, who one day sees a beautiful woman (Sylvie Hoffer, Charlie's Angels) in a flower store. He cannot stop thinking about her, and later sees her at the beach. This time, he follows her home. Over the course of a week, he turns into a stalker, sitting outside her house and looking in on her. It quickly becomes obvious that she is a prostitute. Finally, he builds up the gumption to speak to her. Oddly enough, she tells him that she wants to be his friend.
He calls her Violet, and the two begin a long, boring friendship. They both know that he desires her, yet he will not succumb to his temptations. Violet swears that she will never fall in love with him, yet he persists. Eventually, his love does begin to change her for the better. His initial desire to meet her surely dealt with lust in some fashion, but he This is a very simple story that takes a very long time to unfold. Hmm..something odd is going on here. The company that appears first is "Harvest Entertainment." There are close-ups on a crucifix on the wall. Much of the language begins to sound like-hey, this is a Christian movie! Unlike the other more obvious ones, this one purposefully hides its religion from the viewer, which turns out to be a bad thing. None of it really appears until near the end, and by that time most people will be gone (having walked out sometime earlier). Some of the conversations which use heavily Biblical allusions or seem to quote Scripture will go right over the heads of people unfamiliar with them, which does nothing except make the conversation strange. This also causes inconsistencies in the dialogue between characters. Sometimes, they sound like ordinary people. Other times, their words sound forced and fake. Real people never talk like that. This isn't the stylistic artificiality of a Mamet film or the strange speaking manner of NYPD Blue. This is just people who randomly pull big words out of the air because they are in the script.
A Sensible Obsession fails on all accounts because it is a poorly told story. Both characters have no life to them. Writer/director George Jiha does nothing to add any sort of emotion into Josh. Shane is an automaton. He moves slowly, elicits no feelings, and speaks woodenly. Even funnier, he always goes to Violet's window at just the right moment, and has some sort of habit of slowly taking off his glasses. The Violet character is only a little better. She is the heart of the story, yet Jiha chooses to focus on Josh. When she does make a change for the better, most of her change is not on screen. The pivotal point that drives the story to its conclusion is also highly unlikely given actual studies on prostitution, but revealing it would spoil the unintentional hilarity of the situation. There is also a nearly continuous barrage of insipid synthesizer music that drowns out everything else. A Sensible Obsession is either hilarious or tedious. Both of these emotions are surely not the ones wanted by Jiha, but that is what comes through. In a way, it's all good, because chances are that very few people will ever see this film.
|Mongoose Rates It: Really Bad.|
|1 hour, 40 minutes, Rated PG-13 for thematic material.|
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