French director Jean-Baptiste Andrea (“Dead End” & “Hellphone”) re-teams with American actor-turned-screenwriter Billy Asher (“Dead End” & “East Broadway”) for his solo-feature début which premièred at the 2006 Cardiff Film Festival.
Washed-up former teacher Charlie (David Schwimmer) teams up with disaffected call centre worker Gus (Simon Pegg) and former beauty queen Josie McBroom (Alice Eve) in a blackmail scheme that goes awry in this neo-noir black comedy.
Former ‘Friendly’ David Schwimmer heads up the ensemble cast in his well established feckless style whilst Simon Pegg reinvents himself replete with a dubious American accent which is more than matched by co-stars Alice Eve and Natascha McElhone.
The director does a fine job of setting the pace but the tone shifts inherent in the all-too variable script are a little too extreme as the swerve from dark comedy to neo-noir drama for the film to fit comfortably in either genre.
“That’s the first true thing you ever said.”