Starring the reasonably exquisite Ali Landry, this 2002 comedy was directed by Frank Longo and scripted by Stuart Gibbs.
Max Fleming is a scientist and lab technician, the type that doesn’t get out much, until that is he meets the woman of his dreams. Yes, probably those kind of dreams. Unfortunately for Max, Kate Carson, is way out of his league, a young, smart and sexy magazine journalist who is merely pumping him for information and not in the way he would like. During an experiment later on, Max accidentally manages to create a clone of Kate, as you do, and with the assistance of an equally geeky associate, starts to educate her into being his perfect mate mentally as well as physically. However, things start going wrong for our heroic geek, when the real Kate returns to complete her story and Max is confronted with the fact that a real person is always going to be a more prefect partner than an engineered fantasy. His joy is unconfined when the real Kate starts to fall for him as well…until she finds out about the Repli-Kate. With, as you might imagine, hilarious consequences.
If it sounds like a modern day version of the cult classic “Weird Science”, then it cannot be denied that there are definite similarities. What makes Repli-Kate different is that Max educates his clone to act largely like a man, eating pizza, burping, drinking beer and…well, wanting sex ALL THE TIME. While it is basically on the surface a dumb and funny flick, there are some interesting ideas thrown about with surprising subtly, particularly when Max comes to his senses and realises that he really doesn’t want to be with a mental clone of himself, no matter how beautiful she may be. Ali Landry excels in her dual role as Kate and the clone and is always watch able, stealing every scene that she is in, though as Max, James Roday does sterling work and manages to convince us that his stereotypical character actually exists. To be honest, he probably does. The movie also scores from having the ever reliable Eugene Levy making an appearance so all in all this is a great film with a lot of laughs, perfect to watch of an evening with a few mates and a few beers. Or maybe even a woman.
Director: Frank Longo
Writers: Stuart Gibbs (screenplay), Stuart Gibbs (story)
Stars: Ali Landry, James Roday and Desmond Askew
Release Date: 8 February 2002 (UK)