Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

If anyone has any doubts that boys are babies and girls foxes, check out Honeymooner. Actually, don’t. Seldom, if ever, has such a lame script reached the screen. At a time when Brit producers are nervous about the new coalition government’s attitude towards subsidising the film industry, make sure that no one within a cocktail party of the decision makers sees this movie.

Fran (Gerard Kearns) is a bloke, who is not, because he says so, gay. Phew! Instead, he’s a whiney hetero, whose fiancée dumped him at the altar, or rather the reg office, days before the knot was tied. As a result, he mopes around, downing anti-depressants and being chivvied along by his mates, Ben (Chris Coghill) and Jon (Al Weaver), who have their own problems with women.

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Basically, guys don’t like commitment. When girlfriends become demanding, they bed a 17-year-old (Ben), or chat up alternatives in bars (Jon). Fran does neither because he’s too shy (wet). Do we care? Ab-so-flippin’-not!

The most exciting thing that happens is when Ben’s girl kisses Fran in a taxi when she pissed and the most embarrassing when a fortysomething Polish lady from upstairs comes onto Fran after she's been dumped.

The script is as flat as last night’s cider. The acting is see-through. The plot is punctured from the start.

“Are you always this boring?” a girl asks Fran.


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2010
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A young man is forced to reassess his life when his fiancée dumps him days before their planned wedding.
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Director: Col Spector

Writer: Col Spector

Starring: Gerard Kearns, Chris Coghill, Al Weaver, Daisy Haggard

Year: 2010

Runtime: 74 minutes

Country: UK


EIFF 2010

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