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Love on the Side (2004)

Synopsis

Small town waitress Eve Stuckley (Marla Sokoloff) is stuck.  She has spent years pining for testosterone saturated local hunk Jeff Sweeney (Barry Watson) and yearns to escape from the Hog-Chow Diner she runs.  Just when Eve finally decides to pursue her man, drop dead gorgeous Linda Avery (Monika Schnarre) blows into town on the hottest day of the year.  The heat wave is nothing in comparison with the heat that’s on as Jeff and Eve’s dimwitted brother Chuck (Jonathan Cherry) decide to face off for Linda’s affections.  It’s a prizeless contest: Linda wants Eve.

Eve’s confidante Alma Kerns (Jennifer Tilly) is a sexpert trained by mortician beau Red Bishop (Dave Thomas).  She encourages Eve to use Linda’s interest in her to win Jeff’s affection but the situation becomes even more complicated when Linda advises Jeff she prefers Eve.  Now determined to “save” Eve, the narcissistically injured Jeff elicits Chuck’s aid but Chuck, thinking it’s part of the game, refuses to believe him.

Ultimately, Jeff and Linda square off over Eve’s future.  Determined to anchor his position, Jeff “marks his territory” but shrewd Linda counteracts with a tempting offer.  The town becomes ignited by a passion unlike it’s ever seen before and doors to closed hearts everywhere fling open in the most surprising ways!