Mr Right Review

Release Date (UK) – 27 November 2009
Certificate (UK) – 15
Country – UK
Director – David & Jacqui Morris
Runtime – 95 mins
Starring – James Lance, Jeremy Edwards, Benjamin Hart

This British hom-rom-com follows the lives of several gay London couples and love triangles. Filmed several years ago and with a limited cinema release this week and out on DVD in January, its surprising this bland and unfunny film hasn’t gone straight to DVD. The films beginning scene sets up a vague plot with straight girl Louise (Georgia Zaris) telling the tale of how her Mr Right turned out gay after meeting her gay friends but this is picked up on so little afterwards that its use as a plot device is just plain non existent. Via voiceover she mentions an establishing scene of a first date with Mr Right Paul (Edwards) that is then not even shown and there are so few scenes with her and Paul that this introduction is absolutely pointless.
The story focuses on far too many couples who are friends of Louise. After a too rushed introduction of the various characters and their jobs through her voiceover the films first half hour is still spent working out who’s who. But don’t worry by the time you’ve finally managed to work out who was going out with who nothing has actually happened, nor does it in the rest of the film. Filled with shots of Soho streets that are irrelevant to the plot the editing is so slap dash its distracting – at times there are shots of station interiors or streets that are inserted for absolutely no reason at all, not linked to the next or last scene. I was simply left wondering whether anyone apart from the filmmakers actually watched the film before its release as surely they would have pointed this out to them.

Apart from known faces Lance, Edwards the only other convincing acting comes form unknown Rocky Marshall as gay father William but the rest of the cast is made up of some bland and wooden performances. Ironically the worst acting comes from Alex (Luke de Woolfson) whose character is an aspiring actor, and the awful review of his amateur acting in a play within the film certainly applies to his real acting ability. This collection of lacklustre actors also lack any comic timing, and for a film that’s supposed to be a comedy there’s only one or two real original funny lines. In perhaps the films best scene the various couples culminate at a dinner party showdown that could have made a nice ending but the film drags on forever afterwards. This film would have worked well as a one off TV drama perhaps but as a film its to be avoided by anyone with a slight grip on reality.

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