“Even a free spirit eventually has to come inside, put on her shoes, and start going to dinner parties.”
First things first, The Amazing Mr. X bears no relationship to Doctor X (1932), The Return of Doctor X (1938), X-Men (2000), or JPX. What is it with the letter “X” anyway? Did someone just declare the letter “X” to be used when something needs to be designated as cool?
See what I did there?
Two years after the death of her late husband, Paul, from a fire-engulfed car crash, Christine Faber is still grieving. As the film opens she is standing on a balcony looking forlornly out at the sea. While listening to the gentle lapping sounds of the nighttime surf, she begins to hear her name whispered. This bizarre occurrence is quickly interrupted by Christine’s dizzy younger sister, Janet, who reminds Christine that she needs to get ready for her date with Martin, her steady, lawyer, gentleman caller who might just be gearing up to propose. As she prepares for her (most likely chaste - stupid 1930s morality) night with Martin, he calls and informs her that he’s running late due to a last minute, unexpected client crisis (for those who care that’s my every day. you don’t care, do you?. hello? sigh.).
Christine and Martin chillin’
Taking this delay like a man, Christine decides to walk to Martin’s house via the sweet beach they live on. While trekking through the surf, Christine’s serenity is disrupted by Alexis (The Amazing Mr. X), a “spiritualist” who quickly alarms Christine with detailed knowledge about her life. Despite a strong urge to get away from this unctuous man, she is intrigued to learn more, after all her dead husband might be haunting her and who better to play Ghostbusters with? She reluctantly takes his business card and continues her journey to Martin, where they have (probably a really lame) date. Later that night Christine is awakened by strange sounds and events. The French doors leading to her balcony blow open, the wind knocks all of her Martin-related mementos from their places on the end table, and once again she hears Paul’s voice calling her. Appropriately bothered by this, she makes an appointment with Alexis. Over time her appointments with Alexis increase in frequency much to the dismay of Martin and Janet, who believe Alexis is a flimflam man. Janet decides to take matters into her own hands, but of course,
Yep, she falls in love with him. As the film unfolds we learn that Alexis is not just any ordinary con artist and that Christine’s dead husband might not be that dead after all. Just who is conning whom here?
The Amazing Mr. X is not very amazing but it’s a semi-entertaining caper with a pretty good twist or two. On a personal note, I always get annoyed at psychics, believing them all to be antisocial assholes taking advantage of people’s emotions. This film does a pretty good job at showing us just how they do it (e.g., cold readings and other chicanery). Not recommended, but good for upping one’s Horrorthon numbers.
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