The Flirting Club
James Bedford, Alexander Jovy
directed by James Bedford, Alexander Jovy
starring Richard Di Gregorio, Melanie Denholme, Daniel Morrisey, Simon Cummins, Justine Powell, Terry Alderton, Johnny Spurling, Gina Murray, Lisa Marrs, Mary-Jane Amor, Des Brittain, Sue Parker-Nutley, Emily Thorling, Tanya Andrews, Sophia Cahill, Graig Bellamy, Gloria Fitch, Robin Gale, Regan Hiley, Philip Lassman, Imran Mirza, Carlene Moreno, Ben Neale, Jasmine Salley, Caroline Tomlinson
written by James Bedford, Alexander Jovy, Steven Skinner, music by Guy Farley
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Jamie's (Richard Di Gregorio) 30th birthday is rapidly approaching, but
at his heart, he's still a teenager: He lives with his parents (Des
Brittain, Sue Parker-Nutley), has problems chatting up girls, has thus no
sex life to speak of but freak erections, and he has a huge crush on Lydia
(Justine Powell), a girl from the office he works at who doesn't even seem
to notice him. But now Jamie's parents want to move to Australia, and
they'll only pay him his own apartment if he has a girlfriend before
they're gone or marries his, er, rotund next-door neighbour (Emily
But Jamie thinks he has a solution for all his problems: The
Flirting Club, a sort of weekly training course where social misfits and
other weirdos learn to, well, talk to the other sex. Now the lessons Jamie
learns in the Flirting Club are rather bizarre and don't really help him
get along with the fair sex ... but gradually, he grows more and more
interested in one of the other clubmembers, lovely Mel (Melanie Denholme),
and while she loathes him first, she soon softens up to him as well.
a sort of final exam, the whole Flirting Club is driven to London where
the members have to apply what they have learned ... and during a karaoke
session, the sparks really fly between Jamie and Mel - but disaster is
looming, as Jamie's best friend Billy (Daniel Morrisey) has since
convinced Jamie's (former) (wet) dreamwoman Lydia to give him a chance ...
so will Jamie do the right thing? And which is the right thing? And will
he have to marry his rotund neighbour after all?
Flirting Club is a rather likeable little comedy - that tries to cover
too many bases all at once: Its humour goes from sophisticated to puerile
all too often, its raunchy slapstick doesn't mix too well with its more
emotional core, the story never seems to find its proper center, the film
seems to be utterly undecided whether it wants to be an ensemble piece or
not - and as for the leads: Richard Di Gregorio's approach to his role is
a bit too puerile to identify with (though that might be due to the script
rather than his abilities), and while Melanie Denholme gives a very fine
performances, she's given way too few opportunities (at best two) to
That all said, there are still some really funny scenes in
the movie, and it might work just fine as a party film - it just seems to
never live up to what it could have been ...