A Film with Me in It (2008) stars Dylan Moran and Mark Doherty. Just when the luck of screenwriter Mark (Doherty) seems to have run out, everyone around him starts dying in his flat by freak accidents. First, his dog, then his girlfriend’s brother, the landlord, his girlfriend, the neighborhood cop…He calls on the help of his friend Pierce (Moran), who doesn’t think that many accidental deaths in one place in one day sound realistic for Mark’s screenplay let alone real life. No one is going to believe them. So they decide to hide all the evidence.
Conceptually, A Film with Me in It is brilliant. It’s an absurd premise. I like a good dark comedy, a good subtle comedy. And I like Dylan Moran as much as the next person, probably more so. I can see where this was a hilarious film on paper, but something missed the mark in the laughter aisle. Maybe the protagonist was too pitiful, or we got too close to the girlfriend, or the lack of witty lines, or it was just lacking those intense moments where characters are whispering in hysteria at each other. I do think, to an extent, the outcome saved it. It has a solid ending that makes you go “Ohhh.”
Jaime Pond is the editor of Anglonerd. She lives and works in NYC. Follow her on Twitter.
Originally published Aug. 12, 2013