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COURTING COURTNEY

USA, 1996 (MIFF 1997, International)

Director: Paul Tarantino

Courting Courtney is Paul Tarantino's (no rela­tion) first project, his previous experience in film coming from his job in the marketing department of Walt Disney Studios and the classes he attended (without enrolling) at USC.

This good-natured comedy looks at the humour and pitfalis of dating in the 90s. Nick, a young film director, sets out to make a docu­mentary about his friend Courtney's quest for a husband, as she approaches 30. Numerous comic moments arise as we witness her search for an ideal man through a series of unsuccess­ful dates. The film is at its funniest and most satirical in the scenes depicting inappropriate partners, from self-help sleaze Dr Phelps to the seemingly stoned garage attendant, Chad. In light of Courtney's dilemma, it's not surprising that Phelps' 'weight watchers' class has become a self-help group for cynical, dateless women.

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