I Want Candy
Review by Jack Foley
IT’S billed as a saucy comedy that marks a coming together of British and American sensibilities but I Want Candy ultimately fails to arouse anything other than derision.
Desperate to break into the film industry, wannabe producer Joe (Tom Riley) and his talented but neurotic director friend Baggy (Tom Burke) head to London determined to sell their script.
They find mostly closed doors until another desperate producer (Eddie Marsan) offers them some financing, so long as they can secure the services of porn star Candy Fiveways (Carmen Electra).
But while landing the world’s number one porn attraction proves easier than expected, Joe and Baggy soon learn that filming erotica in their parents’ home isn’t as easy as they thought and battle to overcome all manner of complications.
I Want Candy marks the first leading role of ex-Playboy model and Baywatch babe Carmen Electra and is directed by Stephen Surjik, of Wayne’s World 2 fame, who attempts to marry the embarrassing situation comedy of shows like Extras with the sauciness of American Pie. Sadly, they make for uneasy bedfellows.
Too many of the jokes are obvious and fairly crass, while many of the characters are cliched – from the Polish trio who help with production duties to the seedy porn producer (played by Marsan).
Extended cameo appearances from the likes of Jimmy Carr and Mackenzie Crook do little to help proceedings and there’s an uneasy sense of desperation as the film reaches its predictable climax.
Of the principal leads, Electra looks sexy without really fleshing out her character, while former EastEnders star Michelle Ryan is plucky enough as Joe and Baggy’s sympathetic friend.
The two Tom’s (Riley and Burke) also share some nice chemistry and are charismatic enough to suggest brighter things lie ahead.
But the film itself is as flimsy and transparent as Electra’s outfits – and nowhere near as enticing!
Running time: 90mins