Desperate But Not Serious



et in the bars and nightclubs of Los Angeles,
Desperate But Not Serious is the story of Lily,
who arrives in town to meet her dream guy, Jonathan,
at a wedding reception. But after losing the address,
Lily gets lost amidst the parties, palm trees, Porsches,
and (literal) powder rooms of the L.A. party scene.




Christine Taylor
"Lily"

Paget Brewster
"Frances"

Claudia Schiffer
"Gigi"

John Corbett
"Jonathan"

Joey Lawrence
"Darby Tipp"

Max Perlich
"Todd"

FRANCHISE PICTURES presents a PHOENICIAN FILMS/FALLOUT FILMS Production
Starring CHRISTINE TAYLOR, PAGET BREWSTER, CLAUDIA SCHIFFER,
JOHN CORBETT, MAX PERLICH, JOEY LAWRENCE and HENRY ROLLINS
Casting by ERICA ARVOLD
Editor MARY MORRISEY
Music by DANIEL LANOIS and STAN RIDGEWAY
Executive Producers ELIE SAMAHA and GERARD GUEZ
Produced by JASON VILLARD, MARK McGARRY and JIM FISHMAN
Written by NICOLE COADY & HALLE EATON and ABBE WOOL
Consultants: JEFF HAUSE, RODNEY LEE CONOVER, & DAVE HINES
Directed by BILL FISHMAN





CHRISTINE TAYLOR
(LILY)

It's not easy to make every guy in a theater instantly fall in love with you while you're onscreen with Claudia Schiffer, but Christine pulls it off.

She has acted to stellar reviews in film, TV, theater, and most impressively, acted really nice when boneheads drove past the set and yelled "Hey Marcia" while she was preparing for a scene.

A gifted physical comedienne, she shocked cast and crew with her willingness to take huge pratfalls, her talent to carry a complicated scene flawlessly, and her amazing ability to remain cheerful at three in the morning when she was handed on-set script changes.


Christine poses with the author and his niece, Sasha.
(It'd be a nice-looking photo if the author wasn't in it.)

Christine starred as Marcia Brady in "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "A Very Brady Sequel," and has appeared in the films "Kiss Toledo Goodbye," "The Wedding Singer," "Denial," "The Craft," and "Night of the Demons 2." She also starred in the TV films "Here Come the Munsters" (as Marilyn), and "To the Ends of Time" as Princess Stephanie.

She has appeared on practically every important TV comedy of the nineties, including "Seinfeld" (in two episodes, as "Ellen"), "Ellen" (in one episode, not as "Ellen"), "Murphy Brown," and "Friends" (appearing in several episodes as "Bonnie," the bald girl). She also worked on "Blossom," where she met future DBNS co-star Joey Lawrence -- "whoa!"

Christine also starred in the TV series "Party Girl," and is currently developing her own show. (The question is, can she hire herself to play her own character in the film version, ala "The Brady Bunch Movie?")

Ms. Taylor loves Twix bars and scary films, and is looking for a horror script of her own to star in. (Acting with Screech on "Saved By the Bell" wasn't scary enough???)

In November of 1999, Ms. Taylor accepted the marriage proposal of actor/director Ben Stiller. Sorry guys (like you had a shot).



PAGET BREWSTER
(FRANCES)

Paget currently stars on the CBS show "Love & Money," and has appeared in the films "Let's Talk About Sex" and "Skippy." She also had a recurring role for a year on the TV series "Friends" as Kathy, the medical assistant/actress who came between Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler (Matthew Perry). "The other women auditioning were stunning, like supermodel gorgeous," she told TV Guide. "I came in and said, 'I must be your runty alternate.' Perry said the moment I called myself a runt, I got the job!"


Paget grew up at a New England boarding school where her parents were teachers, then spent a year at Parsons School of Design in New York but "failed out." She was in a band that had a few club hits in New York, then worked with friends on independent films. She performed improvisational skits in Central Park before moving to San Francisco.

She was bartending when a talent agent convinced her to try her own local talk show.


Paget and Christine pose with the author's niece, Sasha.
(Fortunately the author stayed out of this shot.)

She achieved cult status when she hosted the late-night talk show on CBS TV in San Francisco from 1994 to '95, called The Paget Show. "We were the little show that could," she said. "We had no money -- five of us did the whole show -- but it was great. We did 'My Boyfriend Is a Louse' shows, and we did serious shows as well. I'm sure clips will come back and haunt me."

On the set of Desperate, Paget showed an amazing ability to transform herself into a chain-smoking, fast-talking, unsuccessful actress from her real self -- a chain-smoking, fast-talking, successful actress. Her acting won raves from everyone involved with the project. With any luck, young girls across the country will soon use the lovable character of Frances as their promiscuous, alcoholic role model.




CLAUDIA SCHIFFER
(GIGI)

Claudia claims to do some modeling in her spare time.




JOHN CORBETT
(JONATHAN)

John is the guy in all of those Ford commercials, and has appeared in the films "Volcano," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Tombstone, and "Flight of the Intruder."

He'll be seen next in "The Sinkhole," in which he plays a geologist in New Orleans. It will appear on TBS in the year 2000.

But John is probably best known for his role as the existential DJ Christopher "Chris" Stevens in the TV series "Northern Exposure" (actually on the set of this film, John was best known for flirting with the female PA's).

When he's not working he relaxes driving his FORD truck past a lot of quality FORD dealerships and offroading across rivers and mighty FjORDS. He hopes to get a new endorsement deal with FORD, if they can afFORD it.




JOEY LAWRENCE
(DARBY TIPP)

Joey plays the character of "Darby Tipp" - a former child TV star turned stoner B-movie actor (the framed posters for some of Darby's films can be seen on the walls of his mansion, including the insect horror/thriller "Gi-ANT!").

Joe made his television debut at the age of 5 on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" singing "Give My Regards To Broadway" and "Zippity Doo Da".

He then guest-starred on the series "Silver Spoons" and "Diff'rent Strokes". From there he was cast in the series "Gimme A Break", which ran for four seasons. His next performance was as the dimwitted Joey Russo on the series "Blossom". It was on this show that Joey became a teen heartthrob. Teenage girls everywhere screamed his name and cried. (They did for me too, but it was always in revulsion and fear.)

In 1993, at the age of 17, he released his debut music album, the self-titled "Joey Lawrence". The album went gold in the United States and produced two hit singles -- the Top Ten smash "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix" and "Stay Forever". The album sold over two million copies worldwide.

It was then that Joe pulled off a major trick that former teen sensations like David Cassidy, Leif Garrett, and Walter Cronkite could not: He KEPT WORKING! Not only that, he got BETTER LOOKING!!! With the few spare minutes still left between tapings, autograph signings, and teen magazine photo shoots, Joey put his shirt back on long enough to make guest appearances on the series "Empty Nest", "Almost Home" and "The John Larroquette Show". He also guest starred as himself on "VIP," as one of Pamela Anderson's clients. His second album, entitled "Soulmates", was released in 1997. Lawrence then starred in his own TV show with his brothers Matt and Andy - "Brotherly Love" - which now airs on the Disney Channel.

Mixing his music and acting careers, Lawrence played the dual roles of a rock star and a pizza delivery boy in the television movie "Prince for a Day", a modern re-telling of Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper". (Will the sequel be titled "The Artists Formerly Known as Prince For a Day"?) In the George Lucas feature film "Radioland Murders", Lawrence made a cameo appearance as a handsome young crooner.

Besides DBNS, other films that Joe has appeared in are "Pulse" and "Chains of Gold" with friend John Travolta.

Currently, Joe is busy working on his third album, and is also starring in the next installment of the Urban Legend Movies: "Urban Legend 2".

This still leaves Joe with way too much free time, so he's also attending the University of Southern California along with his brother Matt.

Although Joe likes to keep his personal life a private matter, we don't, so we'll tell you that his previous girlfriends include actresses Kellie Martin, Keri Russell and Jennifer Love Hewitt. He also brought an extremely hot looking woman to a screening of Desperate. On top of that, Darby's Jerry Garcia song got the biggest laughs of the night.

All we can say is, "Whoa!!!"




MAX PERLICH
(TODD)

Max spent much of his time on the set calling his wife on the cell phone (she was about to have his baby) and in his trailer watching Bowery Boys movies. Two miraculous things happened out of this:

A) Max became a father for the first time.
B) At Max's urging, several of us actually sat through "The East Side Kids Meet Bela Lugosi".

These are two miracles that will only happen once in a lifetime.

Max has appeared in the films "Gummo," "Feeling Minnesota," "Beautiful Girls," "Maverick," "Born Yesterday," "Cliffhanger," "The Butcher's Wife," and "Drugstore Cowboy."

He has also appeared on the TV shows "Fantasy Island," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Homicide: Life on the Street" (playing "J.H. Brody" for one season), "L.A. Law," and "21 Jump Street."



Christine Taylor .... Lily
Paget Brewster .... Francis
Claudia Schiffer .... Gigi
John Corbett (I) .... Jonathan Silver
Joey Lawrence .... Darby
Max Perlich .... Todd
Henry Rollins .... Bartender
Judy Greer .... Molly
Brent Bolthouse ... Steve
Sahara Lotti .... Maid of Honor
Ned Bellamy .... Pink Dot Guy
Patton Oswalt .... Auteur #1
Brian Posehn .... Auteur #2
Toledo .... Himself
Nicholas Sadler .... Jonathan Gold


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