Dating Amber – Film Review
Director: David Freyne
Writer: David Freyne
Stars: Fionn O’Shea, Lola Petticrew, Sharon Horgan
A minor downside of a global pandemic is that quirky, indie film releases can be missed! This one definitely didn’t get the attention it deserves. It landed on Amazon Prime one Friday evening without the attention a cinema release would have generated. It is now seeing the light of day in some cinemas around the country which have recently reopened their doors.
The film revolves around Eddie (Fionn O’Shea), a young man growing up in Kildare. He goes to the local mixed secondary school, where he is far from the coolest kid in the class. He has a failed attempt at ‘scoring’ with one of the local girls. He rejects the chance to feel her breast, and when the news starts to spread the class come to one conclusion; he’s gay. That’s when Amber (Lola Petticrew) makes him an unusual proposal. She is another misfit in the class and widely assumed to be gay. She levels with Eddie and offers him the chance to get through the final months of school together by pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend, an offer he accepts!
The film is written and directed by David Freyne, who previously directed The Cured, the Irish zombie film which starred Ellen Page and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. This is an abrupt change in direction for Freyne and it seems a genre he’s more suited to. There’s a lightness of touch and many of the gags land effortlessly. Comedy is one of the most difficult things to do and this film never misses a beat.
There are moments where the plot doesn’t quite ring true, but this in no way ruins your enjoyment. While nothing in the film is particularly groundbreaking, it’s a very enjoyable ride. Whether you’re seeing it in the local cinema or at home, do make the effort. It’s one of the best Irish films in recent memory.