Not too many viewers will fall head over heels for "Head Over Heels." Although it provides a few laughs, it's lacking in dialogue and plot.
Monica Potter stars as Amanda Pierce, a hopeless romantic who is frustrated that amongst the millions of men in Manhattan, she can't find a decent match. Her luck begins to change when she meets Jim Winston (Freddie Prinze Jr.) through a collision with his colossal dog Hamlet. The chemistry between the actors is no nuclear explosion, but there are some sparks.
Amanda, who works as an art restorer at the Met, moves into an apartment occupied by four supermodels (Shalom Harlow, Sara O'Hare, Ivana Milicevic and Tomiko Fraser). This new apartment just happens to have a perfect view of Winston's gorgeous loft. Amanda and her four friends start to spy on Jim from their apartment. (The spy scenes reminded me of 1997's "Addicted to Love" starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick.)
Amanda's spying ways lead her to believe Jim is "Mr. Perfect" until she thinks she sees him kill a woman. Although Prinze is not exactly my idea of a cold-blooded killer, Amanda and the models start their own investigation, which points them in many different directions. Amanda continues to fall for Winston, even though he is suspected of murder.
"Heels" is predictable, yet mildly amusing. One of the models plays, "Candi with an I" and provides some chuckles through her various treatments to keep herself looking young.
Potter does bring some extra charm to the movie, despite the lame dialogue, but Potter and Prinze have both had better films. The plot lacks that "certain something," and the jokes are geared to a more adult genre although it's rated PG-13. The New York scenery, the characters' great occupations and good-looking people make the movie somewhat better.
Some genuine laughs are in store, but this flick is a better movie rental than a big screen must-see.
Lauren Zaklikowski is a sophomore at Frontier High School.
HEAD OVER HEELS ** 1/2
RATING: PG-13 for sexual content, crude humor and language