My Wrongs #8245-8249 and 117

My Wrongs #8245-824- & 117 (2002)

“You’d better say sorry.”

Today’s movie is My Wrongs #8245-8249 & 117 is the debut film from Chris Morris, a British actor/director who I’m mostly familiar with from The IT Crowd. Ostensibly this film is a comedy, and I’m generally a fan of British humor. Unfortunately, I didn’t find much humor here the film seemed sad and even tragic to me.

Paddy Considine stars in the twelve minute short as a profoundly disturbed man who makes note of the various “wrongs” he commits in his life, dating back to when he was four years old. He is apparently in a near constant state of paranoia over being called to account for these wrongs.

The film follows a day in his life, during which he commits five “wrongs”, which along with a flashback to a “wrong” from his childhood provide the film with its title. As the day begins Considine’s character, (refered to only as “Him” in the credits), is apparently dog-sitting. Things go awry when he takes for a walk, and he hears the dog speaking to him; the dog claims to be his attorney, and also prompts or goads him to do a series of fairly terrible things.

The problem I had with the movie, is that Considine’s character just seems too much a tragic figure, too genuinely disturbed, to find very humorous. Maybe it’s because the world that he inhiabits seems otherwise too real,  but the film just made me feel depressed, but not in tragic meloncholy mood that a good dramatic tragedy might inspire. The film is less than fifteen minutes long, but I still was left wishing that I hadn’t watched it.

Still, I suppose the film made an impression on me, and I have enough respect for Morris’ contribution to the consistantly clever The IT Crowd that I’m going to condemn this film to ranks of films to “avoid seeing”. It’s entierly possible that others might have a different reaction to this movie, but for me, it’s not worth seeing.

[My Wrongs #8245-8249 and 117 (2002) = Directed by Chris Morris – Not Rated]

OM|ED Rating: Not Worth SeeingWinter Shorts series