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Low-grade erotica thinly disguised as romantic comedy, this is the story of a woman mildly obsessed with her mother's sexuality who meets a man struggling with the challenge of excess saliva through a cheesy party line advertised in the Village Voice. At first this slow and derivative 1996 movie seems to be going for dry humor, but it quickly becomes overearnest, offering the usual platitudes about relationships. After the couple get together, the woman is anguished because she's told the guy her name is Miranda—her mother's name—instead of Betty. Though the pretense is harmless, she can't bring herself to admit the truth, fearing he'll feel betrayed—and he does. Written by Robert Foulkes and director George Esguerra; with Cheryl Clifford and Peter Welch.

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