ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – Y – You, Me and Him (2017) Movie Review

Director: Daisy Aitkens

Writer: Daisy Aitkens (Screenplay)

Starring: David Tennant, Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay, Sarah Parish, Gemma Jones, David Warner, Nina Sosanya, Sally Phillips

Plot: In You, Me and Him we meet lesbian couple Olivia and Alex (Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay) who, despite their age difference, are very much in love. But as the question of pregnancy rears its head and their neighbour John (David Tennant) befriends them, they both start making some truly disastrous decisions.

Tagline – Two’s company, three’s a total nightmare.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Comedy That Takes A Dark Turn

Story: You, Me and Him starts as we meet successful Olivia (Punch) who is reaching 40 and living with her younger girlfriend Alex (Marsay) who is a struggling artist who has never made any money from her work, with Olivia getting to the stage where she wants a baby, she asks Alex if she is ready and even starts the early steps herself, only Alex gets drunk and sleeps with their neighbour John (Tennant) getting herself pregnant too.

As both woman aim to keep their babies, the plan is to have them together, while letting John being part of his own child’s birth, which only continues to see him getting in the way of their own relationship, can the three learn to get along for the baby’s sake.

Thoughts on You, Me and Him

Characters – Olivia is the successful career driven woman that sees her biological clock ticking, deciding she would like to have her own child with her girlfriend, she does make this decision without asking here, which shows that she is the bossier of the two, having everything in her life together more than Alex, she struggles to deal with the idea that Alex gets pregnant through John, not wanting him around their baby. Alex is the artist girlfriend that hasn’t been able to make much money, she drinks, smoke and gets high with her friends, she ends up getting pregnant herself with the neighbour on a drunken night. The two do seem very different for the most part showing opposites can attract. John is the neighbour who has just gone through a divorce. He is often in appropriate when talking to the couple and after the night with Alex, he wants to be part of the baby’s life, getting himself more involved in their life, even if Olivia doesn’t want him around.

PerformancesLucy Punch is strong in this film, you can see her bringing out the hysterics when her character is panic through most of the problems. Faye Marsay does bring the common woman to life, while her character might feel like she is out of a sitcom more than a film, she makes her one we want to support in the film. David Tennant does get the most laughs in the film, showing he can do the comedy with ease.

StoryThe story here follows a lesbian couple that decide to have a baby, only for both to get pregnant, with the man that got one pregnant wanting to be part of life, as the complication of pregnancy hits the couple hard. The story does follow the 9 months of the pregnancy which shows how the women are trying to sort out their futures ready for the serious next stage of their life. We do get to look at issues that are real and most people could have to go through, like parental approval, though we do have a very dark side to the story which can shock you once it hits. We do keep most of the story feeling British throughout which might see certain aspects missing for the worldwide audience.

ComedyThe comedy comes mostly with how the women see John and how John acts through the film.

SettingsThe film keeps us in the one location, which sees the everyday life of the couple, we see how close neighbours can be too.

Scene of the Movie – John’s football.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The dark twist is completely out of nowhere.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that does tackle some serious problems in life, while getting to see how life can change when the pregnancy happens.

Overall: Nice Comedy.

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