Directed by: Daisy Aitkens | 98 minutes | comedy | Actors: David Tennant, Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay, David Warner, Sarah Parish, Christian Brassington, Gemma Jones, Nina Sosanya, Simon Bird, Sally Phillips, Peter Davison, Don Warrington, Ingrid Oliver, Sunetra Sarker, Sandra Dickinson, Rebecca Gethings
In “You, Me and Him”, Olivia (Lucy Punch) has thought through life completely. A reasonably good job, a good relationship with starting artist Alex (Faye Marsay), a nice house in a quiet neighborhood. Everything has a box and runs as it should. All that’s missing is a family. The clock is ticking for 40-year-old Olivia and that is why she decides to have herself fertilized artificially without consultation with her partner. Out of anger (in conjunction with a lot of alcohol), Alex ends up in bed with the wayward neighbor John (David Tennant). And yes, you can feel it coming, some time later both are pregnant and the turnips are done.
In this British comedy, the tone of the film is just that little bit more edgy than the standard American rom-bowl. The characters are a bit stranger and the language a bit coarser. This gives the film and the slightly hysterical plot something refreshing. Anyway, it’s refreshing that the movie has two lesbians in the lead and it’s not about “accept the gay themes.” That does not mean that the two women and their absurd situation are not being made fun of. The wonderfully dry British humor is well used by all friends and family and the main characters are also not averse to a bit of self-mockery.
The two actresses really dare to show their ugliest side in their play. And that is wonderful to watch. Of course the story calls for this too. The entire pregnancy and all the ailments and inconveniences that go with it are reviewed. This gives a nice enlargement of recognizable things.
What is also very surprising is that “You, Me and Him” also knows how to touch at different times. This is again due to strong playing, especially from Faye Marsay who also manages to give her tough and free character a soft and emotional side.
As always with humor, the British humor of “You, Me and Him” should suit you as a viewer. But the fact that it differs from the American blockbusters alone is a reason to see this film.