2015 Dallas International Film Festival: This Isn't Funny
Meeting the right person at the wrong time can be the best thing that ever happened to you
The title of director Paul Ashton’s film, This Isn't Funny, is a lie. This film is very funny. Like a lot great comedy, this film starts from pain…literally, our two would be lovers run into each other and the rest is a modern day romance laid out with all prerequisite joy and pain.
Eliot (Katie Page), a stand up comedian with severe anxiety disorder, meets (hits him with her car) Jamie (Paul Ashton), a perpetual traveler who can’t settle down. They fall in love. Each person teaching the other about the world sharing the world; you know the love stuff that makes life worth living. They push each other’s buttons and reach a certain familiarity with each other that allows them to forget there other problems and live in the moment. It doesn’t last. A big job opportunity for Eliot, and Jamie’s parent’s suddenly getting a divorce, sends them both off the rails, and brings their issues into focus.
Ashton and Page have amazing on screen chemistry. They also co-wrote the script. It’s from this intimate space that This Isn't Funny bitter sweetly takes us on realistic look at finding that special person in our lives.