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It’s Not You, It’s Me (2012, Matt Spicer)

Director Matt Spicer amps up the black comedy in It’s Not You, It’s Me to an outrageous degree, lets his lead actor Gillian Jacobs take a few seconds to breath, then amps it up some more.

Jacobs plays a young woman who finds herself unable to stand the constant noises of her boyfriend, wonderfully played by Fran Kranz, and has to do something about it. Some sights gags follow, along with some very well-edited sequences. Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer’s cutting on the short is outstanding.

As things get worse, the writers flip between summary storytelling and detailed scenic storytelling. Except they never give Jacobs another chance to breath. You goes all comedy instead, flushing any sense of character.

Sadly, Jacobs isn’t particularly good in the lead. The lack of introspection in the script’s one problem, but Jacobs is simply too broad. She’s plays it light comedy.

Still, it has moments.

1/3Not Recommended


Directed by Matt Spicer; written by Matt Spicer and Eric Spicer; director of photography, Blake McClure; edited by Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer; music by Robert Cerny; production designer, Amee Carter; produced by Driscoll-Luttringer, Steve Drypolcher, David Gelb, Crystal Powell and Max Winkler.

Starring Gillian Jacobs (Babe), Fran Kranz (Jack) and Rob Huebel (Detective Archer).


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