"Born to be mild"
Friends and co-workers at a Pennsylvania high school, lovelorn nerds Jeff (Adam Pally, The Mindy Project (opens in new tab)) and Anne (Sarah Burns, Big Little Lie (opens in new tab)s) are so fed up with their lack of success at dating that they decide to reinvent themselves as cool people in Awkward Sexy People (aka Slow Learners), blind to the fact that their ideal match is already close at hand.
As this romantic comedy goes through familiar paces there are a smattering of funny scenes, but watching this dorky pair turn themselves into a leather-jacket-wearing dude and wine-guzzling party girl is nowhere near as amusing as the filmmakers imagine and eventually begins to pall.
Certificate 15. Runtime 93 mins. Directors Don Argott, Sheena M Joyce
Awkward Sexy People debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 14 March and is available on DVD from Precision Pictures.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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