(Joseph Cross, Mimi Rogers, Sarah Roemer, Snoop Dogg, et al / DVD / NR / 2009 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: In a world where rich snobs never mix with minimum wage slobs, can a romance between a regular guy from Flatbush and a 5th Avenue rich girl even make it past the front door?
DVD: Joseph Cross ('Milk') plays Henry O'Shea, a man on his way to a nursing degree ... that is, until his dad’s sudden death forces him to take a job as a Manhattan doorman! Yep, hardly the newest twist in the near-comedic black comedy book, but one handled very nicely (thankfully, as it turns out) by Cross.
And with his thoughts elsewhere, but his feet firmly grounded in his job and his duties therein, sure things seems good for now ... that is until Henry uses his CPR training to save not only the resident blatantly-gay couple's dog, but also the boyfriend of a pretty young rich gal, named Scarlett Dowling (Sarah Roemer, 'Disturbia').
Side note: This secondary save is due to her having snorted too much coke during her 21st birthday party and had a seizure thereafter! Yep, black comedy, what did I tell ya!!
Anyhoo, of course suddenly (ergo, instantly) Henry is a hero to everyone in the building, well, except Mrs. Dowling (the still beautiful, Mimi Rogers), who is horrified to discover that her daughter has become smitten with this common doorman. So, she does exactly what is expected of her in these types of movies and fires him ... of course!
Sure the tale unwinds as you would fully expect from there on in, but 'Falling Up' isn't half bad, honestly! Once the plot seeds have been sown, strewn and we get to make it past the halfway mark, the remainder of the flick is, well, charming, to be frank!
Oh, and a shout out to the supporting cast ... the always-on-mark Joe Pantoliano (as Henry's rough-edged boss George) and the lovely Annette O'Toole (as his ditzy mom) are perfect, and the BEAUTIFUL Rachael Leigh Cook ('She's All That') simply takes up air time (unfortunately) as a dog walker - and Henry's matchmaking sister. Also, please know that Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the seminal 1980s new wave band Devo, wrote the original music! Cool beans, ... yeah, I know! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
A Behind-The-Scenes Featurette.