Layover (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
is the latest project from that enigmatic genius of the European
entertainment business, Lord Hasselhoff. Although there are no plans
for a theatrical release in the United States, where the Philistines
don't really understand Lord Hasselhoff's brand of neo-expressionistic
acting, it will be opened to presumed wide acclaim in Germany three
days in the future, as I write this. According to IMDb, it opens in
Germany on August 24th, and I'm sure the lines are already stretching
as far west as France. Thank God for open borders.
Now that I've taken my cheap shots, I can't believe this, but I'm about to admit that I liked a David Hasselhoff film.
Lord Hasselhoff plays a traveling businessman with a shaky marriage. He thinks his wife is cheating on him. He meets a shady jewelry dealer on a flight from New York to San Francisco. Hasselhoff was only supposed to be in San Francisco briefly on a layover before he boarded his next flight to Tokyo, but stuff happens.
He calls his wife to check in, they fight, and the next thing you know, Big Dave has picked up a tootsie at the airport bar and is engaged with her in the luggage area in what can only be described as some serious sportfuckin'. The sex scene is several minutes long.
Well, wouldn't you know it, but the tootsie he picked up is actually the wife of the shifty jewelry dealer he met earlier. Hey, it could happen. After all, she drove to the airport to pick up her husband.
Later on, the three of them kind of accidentally meet in the airport as a trio. Hasselhoff returns from the luggage area first, and finds the jewelry guy at the bar. They chat for a while, and the jewelry guy spots his wife before the lord of the beach does. The circumstances, and the jewelry dealer's inebriated condition, lead to an evening where all three of them go out together, because the jewelry guy doesn't know about the luggage room episode.
|Of course, this precipitates some irony in several ways. First, because the jewelry guy thinks his wife is cheating on him, and is confiding all his fears to her latest lover. Second, because Hasselhoff is giving the other guy all kinds of advice about trust and tolerance, but we have already seen Hasselhoff with his own wife, acting exactly like the jewelry guy!||
|Guess what? Hasselhoff passes out and wakes up to find that the jewelry guy is dead, and our favorite lifeguard has been arrested for Murder 1. Huh?|
|What the hell is going
on, and how will Lord Hasselhoff get out of it? That's what the film
is all about. There are lots and lots of twists in this story, and
some of them surprised me. And there were also a couple of creative
It is actually a much better story than you might anticipate. I actually enjoyed it. Gregg Henry is the bad guy in this, and he actually sets up Hasselhoff very similarly to the way he set up Jake Scully in "Body Double", so I guess you could consider this a DePalma homage, but that isn't all bad, and parts of the ending surprised and tickled the hell out of me.
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