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Confusions of an Unmarried Couple (2008)

Confusions of an
Unmarried Couple


Confusions of an Unmarried Couple is part comedy and part drama and all heart...or some other organ that guides our actions.  Butler Brothers Brett and Jason co-directed this story about the relationship of Lisa (Naomi M. Johnson) and Dan (Brett M. Butler) delivered in a strange package of video interviews, flashbacks and filmed confrontation.  It's the story of an engaged couple who has broken up because after proposing to Lisa, Dan catches her in the act with another woman.  Months of soul searching go by before Dan is ready to confront Lisa and determine where their relationship will go, but has he waited too long?  Does Lisa even want to see Dan anymore?  As with many of life's questions, it's a mystery.  In this case, it's a mystery that Dan hasn't even considered.

For a low budget, independent film, the quality of Confusions of an Unmarried Couple was actually surprisingly good.  It took me a while to get used to the quality shifts when they went from video camera interviews to filmed 'real time' action, but once I settled into the mechanics, it was really a pretty cool way of presenting a story.  The audio was good.  The songs on the soundtrack were very professional sounding and fit the movie better than a lot of songs that get put into low budget films.  However, none of that really matters as much as the dialog, which is very open and at times brutally humorous.  I can't help but compare Confusions of an Unmarried Couple to Kevin Smith's Clerks.  Even though the two movies are completely different in terms of story, they are similar in their approach and in the way they push the topics of thought and conversation in an uncomfortable direction to make you laugh.  The Butler Brothers really capture some of the bizarre nature of relationships in a way that I have not seen before.  If you enjoy movies like Clerks, Confusions of an Unmarried Couple is worth checking out. 


Gore-o-meter rating: 0 out of 5 (no gore)

Skin-o-meter: 0 out of 5 (no nudity)