Feb 072019
 

A joke gets out of hand when people, angry and lashing out, reveal thoughts, feelings and dalliances they’d previously kept to themselves. The baby name—which I expected to be the focus of the film—is simply a first step in a chain of events.

I don’t know if people outside the drama, meaning the people I pass by in the streets or work with or count as friends, have relationships that could survive exchanges like those shown here, but these characters do. And the fact that they do, feels life affirming. I think most people are too small to survive them with friendships intact.

…which is much too bleak and much too serious a comment for a film based on comedic theatre. Generically, the film will necessarily be about relationships made more sure by threats to their continuance overcome together. My tragic sensibility is out-of-step and misplaced…