My Mom’s New Boyfriend (2008)

Rated: PG-13
Length: 97 minutes
Grade: DC-CD=D
Budget: No one knows.
Box Office: $0 million, yes, it went straight to DVD, and even there went too far.

Written and Directed by: George Gallo, who hasn’t directed anything noteworthy before, but wrote The Cleaner, Whole Ten yards, and Bad Boys I + II.
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan, Selma Blair, and Colin Hanks.

Formerly obese, Marty now lives her life in fling mode, hooking up with the seductive foreigner Tommy. Unfortunately for Tommy, Marty’s son and his fiancée are FBI agents who learn that Tommy is a wanted art thief. I’d say more, but why bother?
This is a movie that had a lot of real potential, especially given the actors that somehow managed to get roped into acting for it. But it just wound up being flat, and the reason is simple. Instead of really leaning into the absurd comedy that this movie could have been, and would have been wonderful at, they tried to make it both a comedy and a drama with a real plot. Had they gone the route of Undercover Blues (a must-see classic starring Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner), this could have been spectacular. The ingredients were all there. But no. It winds up feeling like a 90 minute sitcom pilot that won’t end. Funny and clever in parts, but the whole thing just doesn’t work. Besides, does anyone really believe that Selma Blair is going to marry this guy?

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