LITTLE ROCK A good-natured Canadian romantic comedy written by Gen X touchstone Douglas Coupland, Everything's Gone Green will perhaps be most fondly received by fans of the beautiful city of Vancouver, which, having subbed for every U.S. city from New York to San Antonio, finally gets a chance to play itself in a movie.
There's nothing too annoying about Everything's Gone Green for most of the film, but like a lot of overly complicated, plotty pictures that think they're clever, it resolves into silly slapstick and cockles-warming corniness.
Ryan (Paulo Costanzo, who's a little like a tolerable, Canadian Seth Green) is a 29-year-old technical writer who hits bottom when his girlfriend kicks him out and he loses his job on the same day. He moves back into his parents' house on the day they mistakenly believe they've won the lottery, but his phone conversation with the bureaucrat in charge of verifying tickets opens a new door. And soon our slacker hero is energized and competing with a wealthy golf course architect (J.R. Bourne) for the affection of a devastatingly cute set dresser (Steph Song).
Everything plays out pretty predictably, and the charming cast - and beautiful Vancouver - are enough to hold our interest until the final chase begins and the Japanese mafia shows up and everybody learns his lesson.
Far more pleasant than having your teeth cleaned but less memorable, Everything's Gone Green is a nice diversion that will get you thinking - about booking a flight to British Columbia.
MovieStyle, Pages 39 on 05/11/2007