On the Line
‘NSync band member James Lance Bass plays Kevin Gibbons, who works for an advertising agency in Chicago. Commuting on the El, he strikes up a conversation with an attractive young woman (Emmanuelle Chriqui), but fails to get her name. Determined to find the girl of his dreams, Kevin plasters posters all over downtown asking her to call. To the delight of his friends, hundreds of calls come in, and the newspaper decides to do a feature story about Kevin. ‘NSync’s members and songs will attract teenage fans, but the sophomoric humor, unappealing characters and amateurish production quality should dash any hopes for a long line at the box office.
Kevin’s friends make crude remarks about hygiene and bathroom habits, while overweight Rod’s flatulence problems are a source of much of the humor in “On the Line.” Under the pretense of being Kevin, his roommates screen Kevin’s telephone messages. Some unattractive women, desperate to meet a man, become the brunt of the guys’ cruel jokes. “On the Line” avoids sex, nudity, profanities, and s- or f-words. But the men’s mean-spirited remarks about women, and crude humor barely avoid crossing the line into objectionable territory.