Six Friends gather together for a dinner party and discover they dont know eachother as well as they though, as accustaions, lies and revelations abound.
Director Simon Rumley (Strong Language) has left himself too little room for manoeuvre in this wordy dinner party drama. Not a moment goes by without someone letting slip a half-truth or full-blown lie. But because the characters are so eminently resistible, its hard to feel anything but indifference towards even the revelations.
Every effort is made to tackle such worthwhile themes as fidelity, honesty, respect and the refusal to settle for second best. Moreover, there are moments when the vehemence of the exchanges smashes through the post-yuppie artifice. But, the casts discomfort with improvisation is damagingly evident, and theyre not helped by self-conscious camera movements. Rumley has potential in spades. But Mike Leigh shouldnt feel too threatened just yet.