“Nick and Jane” should attract singles as a theatrical release and do well down the road as a video rental. As yet without distributor, “Nick and Jane” should bode well for the savvy investor who can market a film without star players.
In Rich Mauro (also the director and co-producer) and Peter Quigley’s smart screenplay, modern romance is played out with intelligent panache: Neither lead character is favored. Jane is smart and vulnerable, a ‘90s woman who can’t connect with men. Nick has the same timely troubles: As written, he’s a renaissance man who’s blue-collar qualities baffle and entice upscale Jane.
Both amusing and heartfelt, “Nick and Jane” is, nevertheless, somewhat predictable in its romantic structure. In short, we always know what going on before either lovers has a clue- a definite shortcoming. Still, Mauro has seasoned this comedy with enough brittle flavor to pacify our misgivings: Visually, the film is smart, clueing us to both characters’ personalities through cinematographer Chris Norr’s perceptive framings and costume designer Liz McGrrity’s intelligent wares.
NICK AND JANE
Producer – Bill McCulehen III
Director – Rich Mauro
Screenwriters – Rich Mauro, Peter Quigley
Co-producer – Ruth Mauro
Associate producers – Peter Quigley
Director of photography – Chris Norr
Music – Mark Suozzo
Casting Director – Eve Baltaglia
Editors – Wendy Stanzler, Rich Mauroc
Costume designer – Liz Mcgarrity
Jane – Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Nick – James McCaffrey
Carter – David Johansen
Enzo – Gedde Walnnahe
John – John Dussett
Vic – Lisa Gay Hamilton
Stephaine – Saundra Santiago
Miss Coco – Clinton Leupp
Running time-95 minutes
No MPAA rating