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Gap Weekend

USA 2021
produced by
Art Hall, Todd Norwood, Robb Padgett for Mill Pond Productions
directed by Todd Norwood
starring Art Hall, Rosie Koocher, Nicola Graham, Robb Padgett, David Shofner, Sara J. Stuckey, Bryan Bertone, Tanya Ihnen, Christopher Blaauw, Sarah Nicklin, Kelly Christopher, Cruz Kim, Kaleena Massaker, Joe Spence, Mike Barroga
written by Todd Norwood, music by Robb Padgett

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Ever since his girlfriend Veronica (Sarah Nicklin) has left him, travel blogger Ben (Art Hall) hasn't been the same: Not only has he abandoned his blog and abandoned travelling, he has also lost all motivation and has moved in with his sister Sandy (Nicola Graham) and her husband Oliver (Rob Padgett) to sulk while sleeping on their couch. Now especially Oliver really wants him out, not out of spite but to get their privacy back, and tries to hook him up with woman after woman - but to little avail, as Ben compares them all with his ex. Then though Ben has an idea: How about a "gap weekend", to spend a "romantic" weekend with a woman he doesn't know pretending they're in a relationship and acting it out - though without any actual intimacy let alone sex involved. He puts an ad out on the internet and gets responses from mostly prostitutes and weirdoes - and from Emily (Rosie Koocher), pretty much the only woman who takes his proposal seriously for what it is, a very interesting experience with a definite time limit. So they have their weekend together, and really take a liking to one another. And even if they visit all the places that he has loved to go to with Veronica, she manages to break his shell and open up to the world. And he feels he really develops feelings for Emily as well, even if that was not what was supposed to happen. But on the plus side, he's suddenly good seeing Veronica with her new boyfriend (Bryan Bertone). But he's all the more hurt when he finds out Emily isn't all she was supposed to be ...


While packed into the wrapping of a romantic comedy, and being suitably light-hearted and at times really funny at that, this is a film that really has a very differentiated take on relationships, longterm or otherwise, and can only be commended for not favouring one over the other or romantizising things just to hammer a point home. And the thing is also helped by the very relatable performances by the two leads, who really manage to conjure up the right chemistry to make their pseudo-relationship believable on a pseudo-level - and fortunately the directorial effort remains subtle enough to give the story and characters enough air to breathe, to make this one really nice movie, even if romantic comedies are absolutely not your cup of tea.


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