DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: DVD Features Novelist and His Harshest Critic in Unlikely Romance
Johnny Ryan (Scott Caan) is a very successful romance novelist living in
Everything changes the night of the launch party for his latest best seller, when he has his head turned by Mercy (Wendy Glenn), a gorgeous brunette with a clipped British accent. For as he exchanges pleasantries over wine and cocktails with the mysterious stranger, Johnny finds himself feeling a warm and fuzzy sensation he’s never known before. That would be a crush.
But what Johnny doesn’t know is that Mercy’s a leading critic from
Nonetheless, Mercy is not one to be so easily convinced, so she ignores Johnny’s begging to stay in
Thus unfolds Mercy, an engaging character-driven drama directed by Patrick Hoelck but written and produced by Scott Caan. Mr. Caan must be credited for fashioning a vehicle which fits him to a T, and for surrounding himself with a decent cast to execute his vision, especially Wendy Glenn in the title role.
This sentimental sitdram seeks to answer whether a long-distance liaison between an artist and his worst critic has a fighting chance of blossoming into love? A question satisfactorily answered by this bittersweet romantic romp about growing up, albeit belatedly.
Very Good (3 stars)
R for profanity and sexuality.
Running time: 87 Minutes
Distributor: MPI Media Group/IFC Films
DVD Extras: Deleted scene, behind-the-scene photos, commentary and trailer.