movie: She's Funny That Way
starring: Rhys Ifans, Imogen Poots
plot: a call girl is offered a lead in a broadway play, as a call girl. Along the way, she ends up leaving a trail of confused affairs.
The title is misleading. The vibe is that of a Woody Allen film, but it's in fact not one of his.
You've got the character of the play's director who has the affair with the call girl, of which is not his first. When his wife finds out, she has an affair with one of the male leads in the play, and we learn he's been with as many of the call girls as his buddy has. Then the call girl dates the play's writer, while being stalked by this guy and his therapist; who it ends up is the girlfriend of the writer. Everyone is tangled within everyone elses life.
It's like watching ten years worth of a soap opera on fast forward, trying to follow the connect the dots in this film. And the worst part is, it's not even funny. Lines that should have had you doubled over laughing fell flat. Which is really sad given half of the cast are normally wickedly funny, with perfect comedic timing. I am putting it down to wrong casting here. There was almost no chemistry among the leads.
what did I learn? You just can't get it right all the time.