Fox Family Channel premieres “Time Share” Sunday, 6/18/00 at 8:00PM ET/PT. This romantic comedy focuses on two people of very different temperaments who find themselves slowly becoming attracted to one another. These two single parents have ended up renting the same house on Balboa Island for their vacation. Forced to stay together due to the lack of availability any place else, the two fractured families eventually learn that they need each other, but not before comic chaos runs amuck.
Have you noticed that members of our society are becoming ruder? While some are saying the ‘80s were represented by the greedy, the opening year of the ‘00s seem destined to belong to the thoughtless. Drivers slam their doors into other cars. They walk towards you, expecting you to move out of their way, even after you’ve made the initial shift to indicate politeness. And forget about drivers using turn signals. I’m not even sure those devices are still installed on SUVs. My point: there is a lack of civility being taught to younger generations. The TV-movie “Time Share” kept reminding me of this lack of manners. The male lead, once a James Bond, here alternates between being a snob, a dufus, and, if you’ll forgive the terminology, a jerk. The two families first meet at a ferry crossing. Not only does this guy not wait his turn, he speeds his Cherokee Chief past the others patiently waiting to board the ferry, and nearly swipes the female lead’s SUV. Then they get out of the car and argue who has the right of way, holding up the other drivers. This is done not once, but twice. Whoever the “Me Generation” is, this guy could be their president. What’s worse, this selfish attitude is not only aimed at strangers, but several times at his own daughter. Dalton’s flirtatious Matthew Farraher is sexually permissive, thoughtless toward his own children and contemptuous of the female lead’s fiancée. There are two sexual situations and much “comic” innuendo, which seemed far too suggestive for its placement on the FOX “Family” Channel. Imagine viewing a program on television with your preteens and seeing the leads overcome with lust on the kitchen counter. As for the film (yes, I intend to review the film along with this civics lesson) it copies moments from “Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation,” “The Goodbye Girl” and “Summer Vacation,” but it hasn’t the energy, pacing or charming performances to pull off any of those clever scenes. The writing is hackneyed, containing embarrassingly risqué dialogue when it strives to be cleverly suggestive. Kinski’s Julia is dumb. I’m sorry, but there is no other word for it. Why do filmmakers portray successful working women as dumb? I mentioned the word “charming” previously. That word keeps popping into my head. Unfortunately, it didn’t pop into anybody’s associated with this production.