November 01, 1999 12:00 PM

Matthew Perry, Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott, Oliver Platt

Three to Tango offers a trio of TV stars for the price of one movie. It’s an offer that’s easy to refuse. On the tube, all three—Perry on Friends, Campbell on Party of Five and McDermott on The Practice—are a pleasure to watch as, week after week, they make us laugh or cry and reveal ever more complex shadings to their characters (okay, so maybe Perry’s Chandler doesn’t qualify on the last count).

None of which is true here. Three to Tango is a labored romantic comedy that didn’t stand a chance from the moment its moronic plot was conceived. Perry plays a Chicago architect who has to pretend he’s gay after a business mogul (McDermott) from whom he hopes to win a humongous commission mistakes him for a homosexual. McDermott then asks Perry to keep a platonic eye on his mistress (Campbell), an artist. Perry himself then promptly falls in love with Campbell.

The setup is as strained as a jar of Gerber peas, the plot developments even more so. Perry and Campbell, while unconvincing, at least seem to buy into this mush; McDermott just looks pained. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Stick to TV, all three of you

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