This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.
There is a delightful new comedy out for teens and 20-somethings. “Lost and Found,” which stars “Just Shoot Me” cast member David Spade, is a comical variation on the same old “Boy meets Girl” plot. “Lost” combines a well-chosen cast, funny-enough jokes, and the character and humorous personality of David Spade.
Spade, who many describe as too sarcastic and a little critical, fits into the is movie like one of those round pegs. His “witty” demeanor goes well with the role he plays: a sarcastic Philadelphia coffee shop owner. His character, Dylan Ramsey, has started a restaurant and needs a sizable loan to complete his dreams. But wait – Dylan’s eyes fall upon the new, breath-taking neighbor: a concert cellist from France who has come to the United States to pursue her dream of playing in the Philharmonic. Ramsey, who is told he comes off as a real jerk at first glance, tries to spend time with the neighbor Lyla — Sophie Marceau — so she will get to know him more than his outer layer of jerkiness. But when opportunities do not come up to be with her, Dylan steals her dog, a yappy Cairn terrier. Ramsey then spends time with Lyla looking for her “missing” dog. But wait! Dylan’s friend asks him to hold on to an anniversary ring that he wants to hide from his wife. Jack, the terrier, hides the ring while playing his favorite game — hide-and-seek. This prevents Dylan from being able to give Jack back until he finds out where the ring is. The plot thickens. But WAIT — Lyla Dubois’ ex-fiance, Renee, comes from France hot on her tail to make amends after their messy breakup. Meanwhile, Dylan Ramsey is doing all he can to keep the wealthy Parisian away from the lovely Miss Dubois.
All of these factors come into play in keeping the plot of the movie going. Even with so many of these underlying complications, the plot of “Lost” seemed to come to a screeching halt at points throughout the movie. It would take a while until the action would start up again. Although guest appearances by Jon Lovitz and Danny Goodman — Cosmo Kramer’s shorter friend in “Seinfeld” — did help to keep you watching. Once again, David Spade has been paired with a larger sidekick, Artie Lang, to accent his own small frame. The deal with Dylan Ramsey and his bigger employee Wally is that Wally wants to be exactly like Dylan. The commercial previews make a big deal out of this part, but it doesn’t play such a big role in the movie.
Aside from the profane jokes, “Lost and Found” is enjoyable as a couple of hours away from the outside world. It generally keeps you interested and snickering from beginning to end.