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Review: The Last International Playboy

The late Lucy Gordon overshadows all
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 16, 2009
2.5 2.5 Stars

VIDEO: The trailer for The Last International Playboy

Steve Clark's slick, sometimes affecting paean to male narcissism opens with what look like gauzy outtakes from Girls Gone Wild. A bevy of beauties drink, dance, shed their clothes, and end up in a bathtub together, all for the delectation of Jack Frost (Jason Behr), who's celebrating the publication of his first novel. It must be a hell of a book, because "seven years later" he's still going strong.

But this debauchery can't fill the emptiness caused by the pending marriage of his childhood sweetheart, Carolina (Monet Mazur). So the crass nudity gives way to credible heart-to-hearts between Jack and his network, which includes wanna-be player Scotch (Mike Landry), alcoholic flibbertigibbet Ozzy (Krysten Ritter), and wise-beyond-her-years 11-year-old Sophie (India Ennenga), who adds a note of creepiness to Jack's boozy flashbacks to his pre-adolescent courting of Carolina.

But they're all overshadowed by Lucy Gordon as a journalist/love interest — it's her first release since her suicide.

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