Run time: 96 mins
In Theaters: Thursday 29th April 2004
Distributed by: Miramax Films
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
IMDB: 6.2 / 10
Director: Marleen Gorris
Screenwriter: Katherine Fugate
Starring: Julia Stiles as Carolina, Alessandro Nivola as Albert Morris, Shirley MacLaine as Grandmother Mirabeau, Mika Boorem as Maine Mirabeau, Azura Skye as Georgia Mirabeau, Edward Atterton as Heath Pierson, Randy Quaid as Ted Mirabeau, Dwight Armstrong as Snake, Ana Ortiz as Christen, Jennifer Coolidge as Aunt Marilyn, Barbara Eden as Daphne St. Claire
But will you guess that a major subplot will blatantly (and explicitly) rip off The Rocking Horse Winner? Or that MacLaine will spew a monologue about rubbing manure on her breasts? Wow. How could you?
Despite the appearance of Stiles, Carolina didn't muster a theatrical release in 2003, landing on DVD instead for your viewing pleasure. The story is C-grade rom-com: Carolina (all her sisters are also named after states -- it's quirky!) is unlucky in love. Fortunately she works at a video dating service, so when a handsome British lad (Edward Atterton) zips through, she figures she'll take a slice for herself. Never mind that she's got a guy friend (Alessandro Nivola) that she's so close with she's willing to take a bath with him in the room.
Well, you can probably see how this will end up, and sure enough Carolina's only surprise is that the appearance of Randy Quaid doesn't entirely ruin the film. A lame script and MacLaine's bizarre non-sequitur behavior manages to do that just fine.