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On the Line

On the Line

N'Sync fans will be going to see On the Line for the screen presence of members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, but even they will realize that like Mariah Carey's dismal Glitter their magnetism to teenage girls doesn't light up when the theater darkens.

Bass and Fatone will survive the dreadfulness of being stars of a Chicago based film formerly called On the L which makes the concurrently playing Serendipity with its schmaltzy manipulative mode into destiny look like a masterpiece.  In some ways this low budget tale undermines Chicago for the sake of a thin exploration into love at first sight.  And it happens to closely echo Never Been Kissed starring Drew Barrymore with Chicago as the setting for a tabloid reporter going undercover as a high school student.

On the L in the Windy City, Kevin's (Bass) affection for an Al Green tune gets the attention of a woman who's irresistible (Emmanuelle Chriqui).  And after being upstaged by a little kid offering some advice on pickup lines, the two young adults find an alluring commonality on loving Al Green and the Cubs.  But she leaves before he has the courage to ask her name or phone number or why she flies paper airplanes.

On the Line is the chance to hear more N'Sync songs that connect scenes.  The movie's purported bigger gags come when roommates start a dating service from the responses to Kevin's flyers to find the girl.

The only soulful presence in a film that doesn't have the heart to avoid sentimentality is the indelible Al Green who appears with Bass in a dream sequence which recalls the playful, comedy Get Over It.  Like that Kristen Dunst/Ben Foster picture, perhaps the most watchable moments of On the Line come during the end credits with more thought spent on satire and film making than the rest of it which could have been written during an uninspired ride on the L.

On the Line

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