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Splendor (1999)

Kathleen Robertson , Johnathon Schaech , Gregg Araki  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kathleen Robertson, Johnathon Schaech, Matt Keeslar, Kelly Macdonald, Eric Mabius
  • Directors: Gregg Araki
  • Writers: Gregg Araki, Jill Cargerman
  • Producers: Gregg Araki, Christopher Ball, Damian Jones, David Pomier, Graham Broadbent
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 076784257X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Splendor" on IMDb

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You might expect a ménage à trois movie called Splendor to be some sort of steamy, soft-lit sex romp, but it is, in fact, a witty, sassy romantic comedy. Writer-director Gregg Araki set out to make a '30s screwball comedy with a modern twist, and he's mostly succeeded. Splendor is brisk and funny, and if it seems a bit convenient that two guys could love (and sleep with) one woman without killing each other, it's all in the service something bigger--the story of a woman forced to choose between love and security. Kathleen Robertson has a certain impish charm (which unfortunately wears thin at times), Johnathon Schaech and Matt Keeslar are fun as the rivals who ultimately become best buds, but it's Eric Mabius who quietly steals every scene he's in as a TV movie director who's so thoughtful and kind, yet self-absorbed, that he might comfort his bride-to-be on their wedding day by sweetly telling her, "Honey, says I stole every scene I'm in, isn't that great?" --Geof Miller

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Film November 26, 1999
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This is a daring topic and I wish more theaters had shown the film. Can two men love a woman and share her in a way that makes it work? This movie attempts to answer that question without compulsively tacking on moralistic, "don't try this at home" endings where the relationship ends disastrously almost before it starts with jealousy-crazed, immature tantrum-throwing on the part of the protagonists. It also blows a few stereotypes in a delightful way: the two men in question seem like normal, heterosexual guys, if a bit immature; the woman is a nice, girl-next-door type who is just trying to find someone to love her and hits the jackpot, rather than a nymphomaniac. Somehow, it's the rest of the world that starts looking a bit strange after a while -- nobody else seems to get it.

The film isn't very explicit, which has its pluses and minuses -- other movies that have dealt with similar scenarios invariably do a thoroughly awkward, uncreative job of portraying a threesome, so it would have been nice to see an improvement on that -- but I think Araki wanted to focus on the romantic, emotional side of a threeway relationship rather than the sexual aspects, which this film does quite well. I would also have liked the film to be a bit longer to allow for more character development of the men (it's told from the woman's perspective so it's easier to develop her character than theirs); what was it about the men that made the woman think that it could work between the three of them? Those points aside, this is a serious film and I highly recommend it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three's Company, for the Millennium! November 23, 2000
'Splendor', from writer/director Gregg Araki, is a bright, witty comedy of relationships, told from a woman's perspective. The film's opening shot sets the tone for the entire film; a beautiful girl lies between two handsome men, a look of pure bliss on her face, and sleepy satisfaction on theirs! Unusual for a mainstream American film, but this is NOT your usual 'Boy Meets Girl' movie!
Young Veronica, portrayed by the astonishingly lovely Kathleen Robertson, comes to Hollywood to pursue an acting career; one evening, attending a crowded costume party with lesbian friend, Mike (British actress Kelly McDonald), she sees hunky drummer Zed (played with goofy charm by Matt Keeslar), and immediately is aroused, much to Mike's chagrin! As she is pulled away, she literally runs into handsome, sensitive writer Abel (the always watchable Johnathon Schaech) and sparks fly again, despite Mike's funny insults! After passing him her phone number, she retreats to the bathroom...and runs into Zed! Passions explode immediately, and a tryst begins that ends in her apartment, the next day...when Abel phones her!
Veronica bemoans the fact that it's always 'feast or famine', but likes both guys too much to date either of them, exclusively! Of course the two suitors eventually meet, and Veronica is so sweet and desirable that she manages to convince both of them that a loving relationship between the three is not only possible, but desirable!
This would be the 'end' of many films, but director Araki uses the threesome as the framework for an entire movie, covering a wide assortment of funny situations! As the 'glue' that holds this unusual relationship together, Robertson's portrayal of Veronica is a marvel, funny and sexy, yet vulnerable!
Can this trio of young lovers survive, especially with a young, wealthy TV director (Eric Mabius) waiting in the wings, to take Veronica away from all this? Buy 'Splendor', and find out! You WON'T be disappointed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, enjoyable romantic tale. June 20, 2004
`Splendor' is a wonderful film by indie director Gregg Araki, who with such films as Nowhere, The Doom Generation, and Totally f***ed up, has been dubbed "The God of Alternative Gay Teen Cinema." The film opens on Halloween night at a costume party, where out heroine, Veronica, an aspiring actress (is there any other kind?) meets her Prince Charming (literally), Abel, a freelance rock critic, after he accidentally runs into her. As their eyes meet, the two realize that they are destined for each other. As Veronica begins to walk away, due to protests from her lesbian best friend Mikey, Abel asks for her number and she gives it to him. Less than five minutes later, Veronica sees the gorgeous drummer of the band playing at the party, and they immediately have sex, without even an introduction.

It isn't long before Veronica is steadily dating the two men, with their permission of course. The two men know that they are sharing the same woman, but they have never met each other. When Veronica invites Abel to one of Zed's concerts, the two men run into each other and complications arise.

This film deals with a daring topic and I wish that more theaters had shown it during its theatrical run. Surprisingly, the film isn't very explicit, but I think that Araki wanted to focus more on the romantic, emotional side of a threeway relationship rather than the sexual aspects, which the film does quite well.
This movie was very enjoyable and somewhat different from the corny romantic comedies out there, although the end did manage to take that route. The script was fresh and funny, and the performances were great. I love Kathleen Robertson and its been good seeing her in such daring roles lately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Araki classic
May just be one of Araki's best works. A great flick about "non-traditional" families. Kathleen Robertson really owns her character in this one.
Published 7 months ago by Gus Tav
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I had been wanting this movie for so long. When I saw it at a great price, I couldn't pass it up!
Published 18 months ago by Velia Tzontlimatzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Ta buena
La película no es genial, ni siquiera es buena, pero Kathleen Robertson se ve tan preciosa que vale la pena verla
Published 23 months ago by Credomatic
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the the Perfect Threesome
The movie was average but when I received the tape it was suppose to be a new tape and I received a Promo instead. A bit distracting. Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Richard Goenaga
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendor
Outrageous, daring and corny yet it is more of an art film portraying threesome. If you like the movie Threesome, then it is more preferable movie for you. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by TFS
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this movie and the great soundtrack
I saw this back when it first came out and thought it was pure genius. Bought the soundtrack (phenomenal, by the way) and have seen the movie a couple of times since. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected laugh
I like Matt Keeslar's and Johnathan Schaech's work, so I thought I'd give this a try. I was a little wary because I've never before found a Sundance movie I really enjoyed. Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by Lionors
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre Love Triangle
And a charming triangle, splendor despite being a not conventional story is touching and lovely , Veronica cannot decide what is the best for the child shes expecting after a... Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by J. H. Infante
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Now Here's an Important Movie!
Because gosh, you know what America needs? Sexual freedom. I mean, we really only THOUGHT we were liberated, sleeping with anything and everything that takes our fancy--but we... Read more
Published on January 3, 2006 by simone
4.0 out of 5 stars Araki Examines Contemporary Relationships
SPLENDOR is a quick little film that once again demonstrates writer/director Gregg Araki's talent in making big social comments out of just a little idea. Read more
Published on November 6, 2005 by Grady Harp
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