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Really Quite Funny

Thursday 12 April 2012

Not That Funny is really quite funny. It’s a romance, not really a rom-com or dram-com, more of a quirk-com. Tony Hale is the lead as a lonely 40ish guy who is just fine with being alone–or at least that’s why he’s telling everyone. When the granddaughter of the elderly woman whose house he takes care of unexpectedly returns, he has to figure out how to win her. But his methods are artless and flat.

This is not 40 Year-Old Virgin redux. The filmmaker originally conceived of it as a zanier, Jim Carrey-type movie, but went a lot lower key and charming instead I madcap. There’s a whole major plot line between the grandmother and granddaughter that anyone with older relatives will understand. The narcissistic boss is a little bit cardboard cut-out, but he serves his purpose well.

Highly recommended, especially if you’re looking for a quieter, more thoughtful film than one that goes straight for the crotch.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday 12 April 2012 6:57 PM

    Wow. Thanks for the shout-out. Hysterical that you would say: “It’s a romance, not really a rom-com or dram-com…” as we’ve been saying that since we started making the film. Glad you liked it, and sorry not to be there with co-writer Jonathan Foster (and you) for its premiere, but we (associate producer Tamara McMahon and I) will be flying in tomorrow. We’re independent filmmakers, you know, we’ve got day jobs.

    We love Ashland. It’s our third film there. Now we tell Jane and Joanne that we make movies just so we can return to AIFF.

    See you in Oregon!

    • Thursday 12 April 2012 10:28 PM

      Wow yourself! Thanks for the comment, but especially THANKS! for sharing the world premiere of your film with AIFF! Your films are the kind that make the festival such a success every year!


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