You, Me and Him is first full-featured movie from the creative team of Daisy Aiktens and Georgia Tennant. Aiktens, wrote and directed the film, in partnership with Tennant who handled the production with Phin Glynn for Bad Penny Productions.
This romantic comedy follows the lives of a mismatched lesbian couple, Olivia (Lucy Punch), a career-driven successful lawyer longing for a baby and Alex (Faye Marsay), a pot-smoking, failed artist, looking for a good time. Their relationship almost falls apart as Olivia, who is approaching 40, unilaterally makes the decision to become pregnant via artificial insemination without the agreement or knowledge of her life-partner.
Alex takes this betrayal hard and has a drunken but forgetful one-night-stand with their newly-divorced and hipster neighbour, John played by David Tennant. Naturally, both become pregnant at the same time, and the laughs ensue as they attempt to rebuild their relationship, nurture their pregnancies and deal with the interference of John, who has developed a longing to be involved in his child’s life.
You, Me and Him is a likeable and amusing film and an excellent first foray into the movie business for the Aitkens and Tennant duo. Aitkens has a talent for writing and directing comedy, and there are a lot of laughs throughout the story particularly after the women find out they are pregnant. The jokes are delivered with quick and sharp comedic timing.
The movie benefits greatly from the star power that the pair have assembled. In particular, the two have been able to pull on family connections as Tennant roped in her husband (David Tennant) into a starring role and her father (Peter Davison), mother (Sandra Dickinson) and children into various bit parts.
The rest of the cast includes some names that will be familiar to Doctor Who fans – including Sarah Parish, David Warner and Ingrid Oliver. Ingrid Oliver has a particularly funny scene with as a harried mother grocery shopping with her unruly children as played by Olive and Wilfred Tennant. But it is Faye Marsay (Doctor Who: Last Christmas), who steals the show as the pink-haired wild child that grows with her impending motherhood. Her onscreen chemistry with Lucy Punch works particularly after the two women become pregnant, eventually makes the relationship believable even if it is difficult to see how to two vastly different people became a couple in the first place. And as always David Tennant shines on screen and manages to keep his hipster just short of being a one-dimensional stereotype.
The movie takes a tragic turn as one of the women miscarries her child, and the couple must decide whether the devasting loss will strengthen or break their relationship. This story thread resulted in the movie’s partnership with its official charity, Baby Lifeline. The unique mother and baby charity that supports the care of pregnant women and their newborn and unborn babies, assisted the filmmakers with medical advice for the appropriate procedures and tests as well as information on miscarriage giving the movie the needed gravitas for the loss. (See Baby Lifeline‘s website at http://babylifeline.org.uk/home/
This is the first movie for Aitkins and Tennant, and occasionally, it shows. The movie’s pacing falters at the start where the writing relies too much on cliches in a rush to introduce the characters and premise. There is also another slight wobble after the loss of the baby where the movie switches from comedy to drama. But once Alex and Olivia become pregnant, the relationship between two leads become more satisfying, the story finds its stride. The large cast of talented actors periodically defocuses the viewer from Alex and Olivia’s relationship. But this is a minor complaint as these cameos roles contribute an abundance of laughs. In the end, You, Me and Him is a rom-com with a happy ending, complete with family dinners, kisses and babies.
Overall this is a likeable, funny movie. A great start for two young filmmakers who are embarking on their next project together.
David Tennant, Daisy Aitkens and Sally Phillips have recently become ambassadors Baby Lifeline’s £5 million Monitoring for Mums Appeal, For more information on Baby Lifeline and the £5 million Monitoring for Mums Appeal see their website at http://babylifeline.org.uk/home/
You, Me and Him available today in the UK in a very limited released. The vast majority of screenings are hosted by customer-on-demand OurScreen – https://www.ourscreen.com/film/you-me-and-him.
For all showings see the You, Me and Him official website https://youmeandhim.squarespace.com/screenings/