Title: Not Another Happy Ending Director: John McKay Year: 2013 Run time: 1hr 42m
“When struggling, maverick publisher Tom Duval (Stanley Weber) discovers his only successful author, Jane Lockhart (Karen Gillan), has writer’s block, he knows he has to unblock her or he’s finished. But with her newfound success, she’s become too damn happy to write. The only trouble is, the worse he tries to make her feel, the more he realises he is in love with her. Early release on iTunes.”
5:52 - I like the French publishing guy, fun! 6:59 - The calculator watch is an odd choice. 11:11 - It does seem a bit odd to change it without discussing with her, but the horror stories I’ve heard of the publishing world would suggest that happens. 13:29 - Henry Cusick! 16:49 - How that writer’s block can just hit, just like that, so annoying. 21:12 - Your fridge is ringing. 25:27 - “The mind plagued by funky thoughts… it’s how writers tick isn’t it?” 32:20 - You can’t push reading your books on people, no matter how close they are to you. 40:48 - “Can I be on your quiz team?” Is a great way to break the ice. 47:04 - He made a bus joke. Adorable. 58:57 - Loving De Caestecker trying to be undercover and failing. Fitz would be so much better. 1:05:26 - Phew! That was more stressful than it should have been. 1:11:45 - Well that plan has backfired spectacularly. 1:14:45 - Worst teacher ever. 1:23:14 - “I’m not good at this countryside stuff. I think I saw a bear.” 1:25:20 - Loving his tantrum. 1:31:20 - I didn’t fall for it but that is still a terrible book launch.
We had low expectations coming into this one, having watched a dull film beforehand, and it being quite such an indy low-budget option. However, it was far better than I would have expected and entertained throughout.
Some of the plot points felt a bit off: for example, the changing of the title of the book, whilst something that a ruthless publisher might do, didn’t seem like something he in particular would do. Also, the reconciliation with the father felt just a little superficial if the history hinted at is true.
Having said that, I loved Karen’s character - bruised, sensitive, but brave. The story of struggling to beat writer’s block was good, and the twist ending was kinda fun. And Fitz, god how I love Iain De Caestecker. So on balance, a good film, not perfect, but fun.