Dean Cain’s laidback handyman Jake and Juliana Paes (opens in new tab)’ sultry visiting Brazilian Ana both lay claim to a guesthouse in California wine country in Bed & Breakfast: Love Is a Happy Accident. Sparks fly as they dig in their heels, but we’re in familiar romantic-comedy territory, too, so you know the antagonists will end up falling in love. Cain and Paes are likeable and the story bumbles along pleasantly enough, but the plotting is lazy and the broad playing of the supporting characters tips them into caricature. Jake’s Latina maid thinks Ana’s mannered lawyer is ‘light in the loafers’. But, no, he’s not gay; he’s just English. To remind us what a real gay stereotype looks like, Eric Roberts checks in late in the day to deliver a brief, borderline offensive cameo as a mincing hotel critic.
Bed & Breakfast: Love Is a Happy Accident screens on Sky Premiere HD from Friday 19th April. http://youtube.com/v/QF6BbX4_qbE
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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