Three to Tango
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|Three to Tango|
|Directed by||Damon Santostefano|
|Produced by||Lawrence Abramson
John M. Eckert
Susan E. Novick
Bettina Sofia Viviano
|Written by||Rodney Patrick Vaccaro|
|Editing by||Stephen Semel|
|Studio||Village Roadshow Pictures|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release dates||October 22, 1999|
|Running time||98 minutes|
|Box office||$10,570,375 (Domestic)|
Set amidst Chicago's swing music revival of the late 1990s, Oscar Novak (Perry), an aspiring architect and his business partner, Peter Steinberg (Platt), have just landed a career-making opportunity with a Chicago tycoon Charles Newman (McDermott) who has chosen them to compete for the design of a multimillion dollar cultural center. In a ploy for publicity, Newman has pitched Oscar and Peter in a neck-and-neck competition with their archrivals and former colleagues, the hugely successful (and equally ruthless) Decker and Strauss. In a comic twist Oscar is mistaken for a gay man when meeting with Charles Newman (made even more humorous by the fact that Peter is genuinely gay, with Oscar's comments leading Newman to think that Peter's the straight one). Under the mistaken impression that Oscar is homosexual, and therefore a safe companion for his girlfriend Amy (Campbell), he asks Oscar to keep an eye on her for him and make sure that she doesn't talk to his wife. Oscar falls for Amy virtually on sight, but she thinks he's gay. He is forced to maintain the charade to avoid getting into trouble with Newman, and losing the commission.
Matters become complicated when a news article about Oscar and Peter's homosexual status is published in the Business paper, leaving Oscar in the increasingly frustrating position of having to fend off advances from various gay men while convincing his friends and family that he is simply pretending to be gay; Amy even sets him up on a date with her ex-boyfriend, football player Kevin Cartwright, but Oscar manages to defuse the situation by saying that he's in love with someone else. Despite the embarrassing misconceptions, Oscar forms a close bond with Amy as they continue to spend time together-to the extent that Amy moves in with him after she is kicked out of her apartment-Amy sharing various personal stories with Oscar. At the final presentation for the cultural center, Oscar and Peter receive the commission, but Oscar is simultaneously told that he has won the award for Gay Professional Man of the Year, with Newman deciding that he will reveal his decision after the ceremony.
After an awkward meeting between Amy and Newman's wife at the party, she and Oscar go to a bar, but Amy leaves in frustration after she nearly kisses him, prompting a brief argument between her and Oscar where Oscar states that her relationship with Newman has no future, with the only reason they haven't argued after over a year being that Newman doesn't care enough to fight with her, while Amy counters that Oscar is hardly in a position to give her advice on romance, having simply been playing it safe by spending time with her as he hasn't been on a date since she met him. After spending the day alone, Oscar attends the award ceremony for Gay Professional Man of the Year. Although he initially continues his charade, while looking out at the people before him, he instead makes a passionate speech about how he admires all the men and women here who were able to tell the truth to their families about how they feel, ending the speech by "coming out of the closet" as he admits that he's straight and in love with Amy; even if he simultaneously destroys any hope of being with her by doing so, he felt that everyone in the room deserves the same kind of honesty that they have given their own families. As he is applauded for having the courage to admit the truth, he runs after Amy, only for her to punch him and Newman before walking out of the theatre in a rage, leaving Peter to accept a date with Kevin. However, as Oscar sits in a restaurant where he and Amy ate together on the night they met, Amy comes to see him, admitting that she loves him too, followed by their first kiss.
In a post-credit sequence, Newman's wife convinces him to go with Oscar and Peter's design despite his own claims to go with the other firm, revealing that she knew about him and Amy and informing him bluntly that Oscar and Peter did the better job.
Cast and characters 
- Matthew Perry as Oscar Novak
- Neve Campbell as Amy Post
- Dylan McDermott as Charles Newman
- Oliver Platt as Peter Steinberg
- Cylk Cozart as Kevin Cartwright
- John C. McGinley as Strauss
- Bob Balaban as Decker
- Deborah Rush as Lenore
- Kelly Rowan as Olivia Newman
- Rick Gomez as Rick
- Patrick Van Horn as Zack
- David Ramsey as Bill
- Barbara Gordon as Jenny Novak
- Roger Dunn as Edward Novak
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 29% based on 63 reviews.
The idea of Perry playing a straight character who is mistaken for a homosexual is used as a joke in his role as Chandler Bing in Friends, although in Chandler's case the assumption was never taken to the extreme that it was in this film.
When watching a football game featuring the character Kevin Cartwright, real life University of Michigan football play-by-play announcer Frank Beckmann can be heard saying the name of former kicker Pete Elezovick.
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