Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lovers and Other Problems Movie Review |

'Lovers and Other Problems' Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello

Directors: Hannah Davis and David Conolly (‘Mothers and Daughters,’ ‘The Understudy’)

Starring: Joanna Pecover, Miranda Hart, Hannah Davis, David Conolly and Simone Bowkett

Independent films can sometimes be the most memorable, as the directors encourage more realistic, emotional performances to make up for the lack of budget and stunts. Unfortunately, the new British comedy ‘Lovers and Other Problems,’ which was co-directed by David Conolly and Hannah Davis, failed to believably showcase the difficulties many people are facing today. The ensemble cast features too many characters and conflicts that provide no interest or emotional connections to the viewers, despite Conolly and Davis’ best efforts.

‘Lovers and Other Problems’ follows Emma (played by Joanna Pecover) and her husband Dan (portrayed by Conolly), a vicar, as they prepare to move their family to the English countryside for his job. While Dan is eager to start their new life, Emma is hesitant to leave London and her friends there, particularly Kate (played by Miranda Hart), with whom she’s having an affair. Emma convinces Dan to accompany her to a dinner party Kate is throwing with her sister Dolly (portrayed by Davis), in an effort to show him what they would be missing if they moved.

While at the dinner, Emma fights her feelings for Kate, as she’s afraid to leave Dan, since she has no job, and he and their children are all she really has. Kate is dealing with her own problems, as she’s conflicted over telling her mother she’s gay. However, she feels compelled to encourage Emma to reveal their relationship, so that they can finally be openly together. Dan, meanwhile, battles his physical attraction to Dolly’s friend Sam (played by Simone Bowkett), a supermodel who seemingly has no moral compass.

Conolly and Davis deserve credit for aiming to showcase the diverse, true-to-life personal problems many people face among all of the characters in ‘Lovers and Other Problems,’ such as Kate fearing to divulge her true personality to her mother over fear of rejection. Emma and Dan are also facing the difficulties many married couples with children experience, such as no longer being able to relate to, and understand, each other. However, the comedy fails to include any true plot-line or characters aiming to resolve their problems.

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