Full disclosure–I’ve known The Love Patient’s executive producer Maria Montgomery
for uh…since… let’s forget the math and say we went to Loyola Marymount together, and she is one of bestest friends. Several years ago she executive produced the 2007 short Gay Zombie, written and directed by Michael Simon. The film’s tag line
Sometimes love means never having to say you’re dead.
It’s a really funny and sick romp through West Hollywood.
Building on the cult success of Gay Zombie, the duo brings us Monday’s FDL Movie Night featured discussion, The Love Patient, a screwball, super indie comedy with a distinctly dark premise: Successful but chronically unfaithful Paul wants to win back his true love, Brad. Instead of doing doing the usual things (flowers, apologies, expensive gifts, couples therapy), Paul decides to fake lung cancer and enlists the help of his doctor friend, who agrees (for a large sum) in order to save the cancer clinic. Twisted, totally sick and wrong.
Adding to utter wrongness: Paul’s sister Madison an successful entrepreneur who has developed a line of green clothing made from chunks of lawn yet can’t win her divorcing parents’ approval, and a New Age shaman with something special up her sleeve.
The best part: The characters exist in a world where being gay is not the issue. No one cares. It doesn’t matter, it’s not a plot point. In this idyllic vision, the comedy works. Let’s hope the real world will one day imitate Simon’s vision.
Please join us Monday at 5pm west coast time to discuss indie filmmaking (how our guests Maria and Michael put together their movies is awesome!), romantic comedies, and The Love Patient (plus Gay Zombie, heck, why not!)