Your romantic evening doesn’t go as you expected. Actually, it ends in an argument and you storming out of the restaurant. You go home, get blitzed and in a moment of alcohol induced anger, you put a hit on your ex only to wake up hours later, figure out what you’ve done, instantly regret it and then head over to his place to save his life.
It doesn’t sound like much of a plot but the crowd funding video for Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart’s I Put a Hit on You went viral, proof that perhaps this concept of doing stuff you regret while drunk is something a lot of people have experienced though I expect the Craigslist market for hitmen is rather limited.
The concept for Clark and Stewart’s movie is perfect for a single location shoot. Once the set-up is out of the way, it takes all of 10 minutes, I Put a Hit on You moves to Ray’s apartment and pretty much stays there as Ray (Aaron Ashmore) and Harper (Sara Canning) try to sort out the mess she has created. While trying to figure out how to survive the night, the pair also delve into their relationship problems in a dramedy that mostly works.
The conceit for I Put a Hit on You is the kind of thing you might expect from a stretched-too-far, high concept Hollywood rom-com. This premise is perfect for a short film and though Clark and Stewart’s writing is witty and features great exchanges between Ray and Harper, the concept starts to stale 40 minutes in. The only thing that keeps I Put a Hit on You moving are the performances from Ashmore and Canning both of whom are likable and charming and completely sell their characters. I Put a Hit on You occasionally touches on some deep relationship conundrum but mostly, it’s more focused on getting the laughs than delving into any deep, emotional discussions.
I Put a Hit on You felt like it needed a little more drama; the premise starts to wear thin after a while and the movie could really use a little more meaningful interaction between the leads to replace some of the comedic scenes that don’t work. Though I didn’t love it, I did enjoy it largely because of the performances from Ashmore and Canning who not only play well off of each other but both of whom have pretty great comedic timing.
Not a complete winner but I was mostly entertained and I’m definitely curious to see what Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart have in store for us next because if this is any indication, they’ve got a dark sense of humour that could lead to other, better stories.