What could have been a bland and dull comedy that felt like a bad sitcom, is a sharp and insightful story about being out of your element and still trying to survive. This is a top-notch cast that also includes Juliet Stevenson, Sonya Walger, Alan Rickman and two fantastic supporting turns by a cab driver and a janitor played respectively by Frank Harper and James Lance. Even when the film should have fallen flat as the roles of the married couple and John Gissing switch place, it never seemed to fall into the trap of predictability. This is a smart screenplay that relies on character, even when the slapstick comes in. The sight gags are secondary to the performances and the script. Yes, there are a couple of jokes that might not have worked for me, but that is a minor complaint. Truthfully, I canít think of them as I write this because what did work, which is most of the film, kept me laughing.
I also commend Mike Binder for being able to wear as many hats as he did. He wrote the script which he directed and he is in a starring role. But he still manages to give a very funny performance while also keeping the film interesting. Also credit should go to his editor Roger Nygard. The jump-cuts and the split-screen seamlessly blend into the story without feeling clichť. As the camera constantly moves around the couple, it gave the impression that they were lost and frustrated by keeping things moving at a very fast paced speed. One very well cut scene involved a semi-naked nun and images of Jesus, it was very intriguing (and also not what you may be thinking). It was funny yet you felt kind of creepy after watching it, much like Mikeís character must have felt. Itís nice to see direction help tell a story in a movie like this, which many times, they donít seem to get too creative behind the camera with character driven comedy. But here they doÖ and it works. This search is a very rewarding way to spend an hour and a half.
On to the cute but mildly useless feature is the Behind the Scenes (3:11) which includes a few fun bits behind the camera with a chipper soundtrack. Again, this is fun but nothing to go searching for.
Luckily, the Deleted Scenes (10:38) were surprisingly strong. I loved the final scene in this set, which really shows how much chemistry Binder and Garofalo have together. I also would have liked to have seen the ďI was told 1:00Ē scene in the film. It was funny but quite tragic. Good stuff, too bad it couldnít have been added in.
As for the final extras, there are Out-Takes (2:45) which are funny but short and we have a Photo Gallery (2:46). I did appreciate that you didnít have to keep pushing the forward button on the remote for this. No, itís a montage with music.