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The Trouble With Jen 

Girl's girl Jennifer Siebel is neurotic on-screen, too!

Wednesday, Mar 21 2007
When a baby-faced bachelor hooks up with a hot but not-so-stable babbling blonde, the future of their relationship all comes down to one question.

How crazy does a beautiful woman have to be before you wouldn't fuck her?

No, gutterbrains. We're not gossiping about whether Gavin will stand by his leading lady, actress Jennifer Siebel, after she got all loose-lipped about his affair with his former staffer, Ruby Rippey-Tourk. That's the crucial question posed about Jen's character in her new film, The Trouble With Romance.

In Trouble, which has been screening at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Jen stars in the first of four scenes centered around one hotel as a woman who has trouble between the sheets with her new man because she's still hung up on her ex-boyfriend. Her lingering feelings become clear when she rushes from the bed practically naked, shuts herself in the hotel bathroom, and starts bickering with a hallucination of her ex.

Jen is quite convincing as a neurotic and confused woman with lots of baggage who admits to having "really poor" taste in men. (What's unclear is whether this is decent acting or just typecasting.) Anyhow, at least her character has good taste in lingerie — anybody know where to buy that cute bra-and-panty set she wore while shimmying through her scene?

The film's director, Gene Rhee, was understandably leery of having his artistic work overshadowed by Jen-gate. He wouldn't even let SF Weekly have an advance screener copy, suspecting that we were more interested in the whole Jen-Gavin-Ruby-the-woman is-the-culprit controversy. Who does he think we are? SFist? Actually, Rhee's instincts were correct and we asked him about our lack of a screener copy during a post-film Q&A session. He politely avoided diving into Siebel's public catfight, saying he simply didn't want to "add to the heat that was already there."

Seriously, though, Rhee is a talented director, so we can only hope he teams up again with Jen and her company, Girls' Club Entertainment, which, according to its Web site, is focused on developing "female-centric" stories with messages of hope and inspiration. Gene, how about one where a struggling actress overcomes a bad case of blogorrhea and convinces the world she really is a girl's girl?

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