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The Art of Woo (2001)

The Art of Woo is a romantic comedy about Alessa Woo, an ambitious art dealer who meets her match in gifted painter, Ben Crowchild.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sook-Yin Lee ... Alessa Woo
Adam Beach ... Ben Crowchild
Joel Keller ... Patrick Aucoin
Alberta Watson ... Caterin Aucoin
John Gilbert John Gilbert ... Arthur Aucoin
Kelly Harms Kelly Harms ... Stef
Don McKellar ... Nathan
Siu Ta ... Esther Woo
Marc Mayer Marc Mayer ... Marc Mayer
Damien Atkins Damien Atkins ... Jonathan Peters
Edwin Edwin ... Brad Unger
Marnie McPhail ... Simone
Charles Officer ... Charles Officer
Sarah Michelle Brown Sarah Michelle Brown ... Petra (as Sarah Brown)
Inga Cadranel ... Miranda


Alessa Woo works at an upscale downtown Toronto private art gallery, she who has among the keenest eyes for art in the city. For those not in the know, Alessa comes from a wealthy Chinese family still in Asia. For those in the know, she is really plain old Ellen Woo who is trying to escape her working class Scarborough upbringing. The reason for this deception is that she is deep in debt - she already three months behind in rent - and wants to marry into money so that she won't have financial problems which have always plagued her. She, however, does have her standards, and as such doesn't give Nathan, who is trying to woo her to the point of stalking her, the time of day. Without even knowing him, she dreams of marrying someone like Brad Unger, the local magazines which list him number one of the top forty under forty in the city. Into her life comes Ben Crowchild, a First Nations up and coming artist who moves into the same rooming house where she lives, the two who end up sharing ... Written by Huggo

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Sometimes a girl needs more than diamonds


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Release Date:

9 September 2001 (Canada) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Gawdawful attempt at a "commercial" Canadian film
19 June 2004 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

Okay, so I was a big fan of Sook-Yin Lee when she was a veejay on Canada's MuchMusic station (our nation's equivalent of MTV)... so I had to check out this movie... a romance between her and hot young Aboriginal/Canadian actor Adam Beach... it HAD to have SOME good qualities, right??? Well, sorry to say it but... the movie blows. I really *want* to support Canadian movies, ya know... but why do 99% of them have to suck so baaaaaaaaaaad? They don't even feel like real movies... they feel like some kind of fake simulation of what a movie really is. They try to copy the stale "formula" of popular genres but they are totally bled dry of any kind of atmosphere, originality or any sort of qualities that make movies WATCHABLE. Sook-Yin is a struggling art gallery dealer who wants to be successful... Adam is a struggling artist who wants to be successful... they begin a romance (though they have absolutely nothing in common and no chemistry between them whatsoever)... they encounter obstacles... they clash... gad, this movie is awful. Even the usually brilliant Don McKellar has an awful bit part (he probably owed the producer a favor) as a Sook-Yin suitor who won't take no for an answer. One more nail in the coffin of Canadian Cinema.

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