EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|A FILM WITH ME IN IT (director: Ian Fitzgibbon; screenwriter: Mark Doherty; cinematographer: Seamus Deasy; editor: Tony Cranstoun; music: Denis Wood; cast: Dylan Moran (Pierce), Mark Doherty (Mark), Keith Allen (Jack), Amy Huberman (Sally), David O'Doherty (David), Aisling O’Sullivan (Policewoman), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Pierce 2), Neil Jordan (Director); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Susan Mullen/Alan Moloney; Strand Releasing; 2008-Ireland)|
the halfway point move from the ridiculous to
by Dennis Schwartz
TV director Ian Fitzgibbon ("Spin the Bottle") helms
this lame black comedy, that's inanely written by
co-star Mark Doherty. Though the
characters are likable and Irish charm runs through it
like a Notre Dame half-back, it looks more like a TV
episode than a movie and its absurd premise never gels
as a cohesive film.
hangdog pouting unemployed actor Mark (Mark Doherty), a Dublin
rejected at an audition for a bit part by an
insensitive director (Neil Jordan) and his nagging long-suffering
tart girlfriend Sally (Amy Huberman) is thinking of
ending their relationship and his stern landlord Jack
(Keith Allen) plans on evicting him for not paying
the rent. To the rescue comes his dead-beat gambler
alcoholic aspiring director pal Pierce (Dylan Moran), who offers
to co-write a screenplay with him. When
Mark's cute dog, crippled brother (David
O'Doherty), landlord and girlfriend die in
unconnected freakish accidents in Mark's flat on
the same day, the innocent Pierce and Mark dispose of
the bodies in fear they will be blamed and sent to
prison. But they still work together on their script.
never catch fire in the film within a film part, as
things after the halfway point move from the
ridiculous to the stupid and the pic never recovers as
its gallows-humor yuks bring on a slow death.
REVIEWED ON 2/16/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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