Ace on, deck pulling out his heart's card to talk about "Falling Up" aka "The Golden Door", which stars Snoop Dogg, Joseph Cross, Sarah Roemer, Joseph Pantoliano and Rachel Leigh Cook. And it's directed by David M. Rosenthal.
Falling Up starts with an old, Italian man challenging some Spanish guy to a game of handball. During this game of handball, the old guy is getting his ass whooped; it wasn't even a contest. Basically, the Rican beats him so bad in handball he catches a heart attack and dies. We're then introduced to the main character Henry O'Shea (Joseph Cross) who wants to be a nurse. His father was head of a family owned business which basically put a roof over his family's head. His uncle convinced him with his pants down (don't ask me why) to sign off the rights to his father's business. Because he notices the pressure on his mother to come up with the funds to keep the house, Henry looks for a couple of jobs and stumbles upon a job his uncle recommends him. He becomes a (drum roll please) a doorman!! He sees that being a doorman really REALLY SUCKS!!! Raul (Snoop Dogg) shows him the ropes of the luxury apartment bell boy job sucking up to its high class residents. His boss George (Joseph Pantoliano) tells him that this job has many restrictions including becoming acquainted with any of the residents. Here lies the problem; Scarlett Dowling (Sarah Roemer) is so fine and he basically can't do anything with her or else he is fired!! Scarlett's boyfriend is a coke sniffing, alcohol binging, drug addict, and she stays with him for his money. She is becoming less attracted to him and wants a change - she wants Henry. Henry becomes helpful, which ticks off George; he receives two warnings. During a party, Scarlett's boyfriend overdoses on coke and Henry saves his life. Now, the wealthy girl Scarlett really wants financially struggling Henry and Henry has to choose: her or the job!!
I'm usually not a fan of romance comedy, but this movie is pretty good. There are a lot of good actors in this movie including Joseph Pantoliano and Rachel Leigh Cook just to name a few. The story has a beautiful build-up and does not disappoint because it flows so well.
I was anticipating Snoop to show how G he was, BUT the director definitely toned down his personality on this one.
Overall Falling Up is a very good film to rent if there is a date in the house *wink wink*, and the story is definitely on-point. I wish there were funnier moments during the film, but it definitely does not hurt it. Overall, Falling Up aka The Golden Door gets 4 stars out of 5.