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Friday Night In (2003)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  31 March 2003 (UK)
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Three friends are having dinner. Jenny is waxing on about her fabulous sex life with boyfriend Ben. In exasperation, Cheryl interrupts. She announces her frustration with three months of celibacy. James, gay, tells her it should be easy to find a man - just ask the first one who passes by. She heads outside to test his theory. Jenny thinks Cheryl's drunk and a fool, and she won't go to watch, but Jimmy does. Cheryl stops a young man wearing a headset. Will he agree to her proposition? Does Jimmy's theory need refinement? Written by <>

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An OK short but neither funny enough, sharp enough or clever enough to satisfy or stick in the mind
9 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Cheryl and James are round with their friend Jenny's house on a Friday night for a dinner party get together as friends. However all Jenny can do is bang on about her new boyfriend Ben and how happy they are. Eventually the terminal single Cheryl cracks and declares her depression and desperate need for a shag. They try to comfort her but when James says she could have any man she wants Cheryl storms out onto the street to prove him right or wrong. Walking up to a guy near the house she asks for sex, he says yes and off they go.

This film opens with a nice bit of energy; it looks colourful and youthful with plenty of warmth to it and a sort of rough humour to the characters. From the start it seems to be setting out its stall as some sort of comedy before gradually getting around to perhaps being a bit darker on the nature of modern relationships. The problem is that the funny parts are not really funny and are actually pretty obvious while the "twist" itself can be seen from before you even start watching the film and the stuff it could have done with the theme of modern relationship is not really done – it isn't clever or sharp enough material-wise to cover up for the unfunny attempts at a breezy, fun film. It still has enough about it to be slightly enjoyable though but just don't expect for it to satisfy you at the end or to stick in your memory for longer than the short running time.

The cast are good though and they support the fresh, youthful pace that it has to it. None of them give great performances but they seem to have bought into the mood and, even if it isn't funny, they seem to have been able to inject energy into it. The direction is good (although the point of the cat's pov thing escaped me)but the material just isn't strong enough to make this more than an OK short – being either funnier or darker would have vastly improved it.

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