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Honeymooner

A recently jilted twentysomething hangs out with his friends while trying to heal his broken heart in the low-key, dude-skewed British romantic comedy "Honeymooner."

Cast:
With: Gerard Kearns, Chris Coghill, Al Weaver, Daisy Haggard, Montserrat Roig de Puig, Wunmi Mosaku, Lisa Faulkner, Simon Schatzberger.

A recently jilted twentysomething hangs out with his friends while trying to heal his broken heart in the low-key, dude-skewed British romantic comedy “Honeymooner.” Pic is reasonably acute about contempo relationship mores and has a few amusing zingers in its arsenal, but writer-producer-helmer Col Spector’s sophomore follow-up to “Someone Else” lacks ambition or genuine zest. Bowing in Blighty on a tiny release, “Honeymooner” won’t reap its makers much of a dowry.

When Manchester-reared, North London-dwelling Fran (Gerard Kearns) gets dumped weeks before his wedding, his friends Ben (Chris Coghill) and Jon (Al Weaver), try to cheer him up with various amusements, ranging from yoga to blind dates with friends of friends. Fran dodges advances from his older neighbor, Celine (Montserrat Roig de Puig), but proves more receptive to flirtation from Ben’s g.f. Jessica (Daisy Haggard). Thesping from some of the supporting characters is a little stilted and under-directed, but casting directors would be wise to check out Kearns in particular, managing to inject some charisma into his passive, schlubby role, while Haggard also impresses with sharp comic timing. Serviceable tech credits bespeak obvious microbudget, and take no interesting risks.

Honeymooner

U.K.

Production: A Soda Pictures release of an Alicia Brown, Col Spector production. (International sales: Soda Pictures, London.) Produced by Brown, Spector. Executive producer, Radha Chakraborty. Directed, written by Col Spector.

Crew: Camera (color, HD, widescreen), Gerry Floyd; editor, Maria Valente; production designer, Saffron Hunt; costume designer, Hunt. Reviewed on DVD, Hoveton, U.K., Jan. 24, 2011. (In 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival.) Running time: 74 MIN.

With: With: Gerard Kearns, Chris Coghill, Al Weaver, Daisy Haggard, Montserrat Roig de Puig, Wunmi Mosaku, Lisa Faulkner, Simon Schatzberger.

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