F**k Me, Richard: Short Film Review
F**k Me, Richard: Short Film Review. By Joe Muldoon.
Recovering from a broken leg, Sally (Lucy McKendrick, pulling triple-duty also as writer and director) spends all of her time alone in her flat, emotionally drifting off into the romance movies with which she is obsessed. She is also in a long-distance relationship with the charming Richard (Nathan Wallace), a man she has yet to meet in person. Much of their time spent talking to one another is through steamy phone sex.
The two agree to a first date meeting, but Sally finds herself sitting alone at the restaurant, Richard having stood her up. Upon challenging him over the phone, Richard claims that he had to fly home to see his mother, apparently having been rushed to the hospital. Claiming he needs $4000 to pay for her hospital bills, he laments that he cannot afford the bills – Sally promptly offers to pay.
When the cheque never arrives, Richard hassles Sally for more money (having upped the sum to $6000), and she relents, seemingly sympathising with him because she recently lost her own mother – only, we see that her mother is alive and well shortly after the call. When the second cheque remains undelivered, Richard angrily confronts Sally, though she seems rather unbothered, and more interested in having phone sex. What exactly is going on?
F**k Me, Richard delights in its mysteriousness, firmly keeping its cards to its chest throughout, only giving us playful hints as to the characters’ true intentions. Beautifully shot on film, it is as wonderful to look at as it is to ponder over. McKendrick’s clever writing expertly blends wit with deception, demanding an immediate rewatch. Was there any truth to anything the pair said?
By Joe Muldoon
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