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Laramie Movie Scope:
A Pyromaniac's Love Story

An odd, but ineffective love story

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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May 1, 1995 -- ``A Pyromaniac's Love Story'' is a light piece of fluff about various strange people in love.

The story starts off like a fairy tale complete with the ``Once Upon a Time'' line. It tries to be a whimsical fable like ``Joe Vs. the Volcano,'' but it isn't that good because it's not as well written, doesn't have the great set design, or the star power of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Instead, we have John Leguizamo and Sadie Frost as the lovers. There is also William Baldwin in an off-the-wall performance as the pyromaniac. Erika Eleniak plays Baldwin's bubble-headed rich girlfriend and Armin Mueller-Stahl and Joan Plowright play Mr. and Mrs. Linzer, a nice, little old couple that gets caught in the schemes of the pyromaniac and others.

The plot of the movie is much too complicated to go into, but it can generally be described as a comedy of errors and miscommunications. It's not believable, but then it really isn't meant to be. The basic failure of the characters to communicate directly with each other is highly exaggerated in this fable.

While some of the jokes fall flat, others work well enough and the movie is generally harmless, good natured and amusing. It rates a C.

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