The most charming aspect of One Crazy Thing is also, arguably, its biggest hindrance: it is so mild and well-balanced in its use of traditional plot devices that it ends up being thoroughly unobtrusive to watch. Gupta's script follows rom-com convention to the letter. Audiences will be able to spot the conclusion from the very beginning; they'll have the characters pinned down within moments of meeting them but all the while they may find that, despite these potential flies in the ointment, they'll want to take the ride anyway. The biggest highlight is the chemistry between Panthaki and Bevan. Their banter onscreen flows effortlessly.
They are completely at ease, inhabiting their characters so thoroughly that it genuinely feels as if this were documentary rather than fiction. Panthaki's fragility - perhaps helpfully conveyed with his bespectacled earnestness - recalls Woody Allen but more palatable and pleasing to watch. Bevan injects Hannah with a fierce independence and easy comedic timing that makes her a refreshing female lead. Ultimately, One Crazy Thing is mild, but genuine. It will completely charm audiences, leaving them with the warm, fuzzy feelings that are missing from recent rom-coms of late. Prepare to have a chuckle or two and, in the end, be won over by this lovely little work.
The East End Film Festival runs from 1-12 July. Programme, ticketing details and more can be viewed at eastendfilmfestival.com. For more of our coverage, follow this link.
Allie Gemmill | @alliegem