Don’t be fooled by its title; I HEART U is not a sappy rom-com, nor is it a mushy chick-flick. On the contrary, this low-budget gem is a horror-comedy with lots of wit, gore, and heart. And what better day to post this review than on Valentine’s Day? If you’re looking for a fun flick to watch with your loved one tonight, snatch this one up and give it a look.
If you are not familiar with I HEART U, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Camp Motion Pictures:
In this darkly comic satire of suburban married life, mild-mannered Walter Fletcher discovers the perfect antidote to marriage to an ambitious, attractive wife is getting his name in the paper…even if it means he has to kill a person or five. But just as his new hobby seems to be working, a series of brutal and stylish murders by “The Sweetheart Killer” steal his limelight. Will Walter’s newly discovered competitive streak re-kindle his marriage? Or does “The Sweetheart Killer” hit a little too close to home? Watch the blood flow and the body count rise in this atypical love story produced by and starring Raine Brown.
Ok, first the disclaimer: this is a very low-budget flick, so if that is a turn-off, then don’t check this out. But if you can look past it, you’re in for a real treat. This is a well-written, well-crafted film that will leave you smiling as the credits roll.
I HEART U is shot pretty well and looks good overall. The production team does a good job of utilizing the budget they have, which as I mentioned isn’t much. The special effects are really good for low-budget, and there’s plenty of gore and blood flowing throughout the film. The acting, unfortunately, is where this film really lacks, although I have seen worse. Several of the characters deliver their lines as if they’re reading from cue-cards, which makes me cringe to even think about.
But with that aside, the story is very funny and smartly written. A few lines of dialogue stand out as being forced (specifically a couple of the ‘jokes’), but otherwise it’s ok. I particularly like the pace at which the plot unfolds; it is perfect. And the ending fits the story like a glove…not to mention it’s pretty danged funny at the same time.
I HEART U is a big win for me, and it will make the perfect companion piece to a Valentine’s evening with your sweetheart. The film is available now in a variety of formats.