Hello Carter (tbc)

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Review byJennifer tate26/10/2013

Two out of Five stars
Running time: 81 mins

Hello Carter is an enjoyable rom-com that thankfully doesn’t take itself too seriously, but the dialogue is flawed and despite being a likeable and engaging lead character, Carter just doesn’t make the grade.

What’s it all about?
Written and directed by Anthony Wilcox, Hello Carter stars Charlie Cox as Carter, a recently dumped and unemployed Londoner, following him over the course of 24 hours as he desperately tries to contact his ex-girlfriend, Kelly (Annabelle Wallis) on the 11 month anniversary of their break-up. After running into Kelly’s eccentric movie star brother, Aaron (Paul Schneider), on the tube home from an interview, Carter invites him out for a drink in the hope that he’ll give him Kelly’s new contact details. But when Aaron asks Carter to do a simple job in return, Carter soon finds himself unwittingly involved in an accidental baby-kidnapping, meeting the shy, but sweet Jenny (Jodie Whittaker) along the way.

The Good
Reasonably entertaining and enjoyable throughout, Hello Carter is a flawed, but fun romantic comedy that showcases writer and first-time director Anthony Wilcox’s confidence and ability to tackle a number of very different characters and episodes in just over 80 minutes. And to Wilcox’s credit, Hello Carter’s action-packed script, which constantly throws curveball after curveball, is never boring or predictable. The lovely Jodie Whittaker is also great in her performance as the equally unlucky-in-love Jenny, serving as a welcome breath of fresh air next to some of the film’s more frustrating characters (more of which later). Finally, the film’s stunning shots of London help to showcase the city as a character in itself and the suitable, poppy soundtrack works well.

The Bad
Unfortunately, as a lead character, Carter is far from interesting and his tendency to both look and act completely hopeless throughout soon grows incredibly annoying. Likewise Paul Schneider’s egomaniac and unsympathetic character is also highly frustrating to watch and despite his best efforts, Schneider feels miscast and out of place (Wilcox met Schneider whilst working as a second assistant director on Bright Star).

Despite creditably keeping things interesting in the script, Wilcox unfortunately trips over when it comes to the dialogue, which is often corny and far from funny. The film actually first enjoyed success as a well-received short starring Dominic Cooper in the titular role, but unfortunately this extended version doesn’t quite work as well, due to misjudged casting and under-developed characters.

Worth seeing?
Despite being undeniably entertaining in parts, Hello Carter generally falls flat due to a corny dialogue, unsuitable casting and generally unlikeable characters.

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