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Mr Right is an average British comedy set in London about finding the person of your dreams, and the trials and tribulations this brings up. It centres around a group of gay guys who are all in relationships – Harry & Alex, William & Lawrence, Lars & Tom and their “fag hag” Louise who, in turn, has just met Paul through a dating agency who she thinks is gay – and how their lives interweave to dramatic effect.
Brother and sister writers, Jacqui and David Morris, have deemed this a hom-rom-com but it misses more than it hits. There are few moments when I found myself warming to the script and it was more interesting to note the number of recognisable locations throughout Soho and the great City.
Never a great position to find yourself in when watching a film.
The cast do their best and are utterly likeable, if not a little wooden in places, but you can’t help feel stuck with stereotypical characters and clichéd lines like when William and Lawrence say they’ve been together for three months which “in gay terms is a lifetime”. Sometimes a line like that fits perfectly but here it smarts like a slap on a cold day and you wish the film would elevate to 90 minutes with something more valuable to say.
Mr Right is not a bad film by any means and some of the repartee is very good, certainly between William and his nine-year old daughter, who lost her mum two years previously. The stand-out scene is the dinner party, when Louise has introduced Paul to her gay friends for the first time, and chaos ensues. The look on his face mirrors the viewer’s and you’re not sure whether to find it humorous or to be serious. So, in some respects, this follows the Snow-Globe rules of movies. Open with your characters in seemingly perfect relationships, put them in a position they are unable to control, shake, then watch the dust settle. And because of this standard formula, it feels as cosy as central heating.
This is an adequate film, worth a look if only to see the gorgeous Jeremy Edwards, who plays Paul, with his top off. The message seems to be that you can only be truly happy once you have found your Mr Right (or sometimes your Mr Right Now; another annoyingly clichéd line), something that only Alex manages to realise isn’t necessarily true. My message would be to grab some ice-cream, enjoy the movie but don’t expect to have your brain rocked and shocked by a movie that could, and perhaps should, have been better.
Mr Right is released on DVD January 25th
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