Swinging with the Finkels (2011)

Feature Film | Comedy-Drama | UK/USA | English | 1h25m
Dir: Jonathan Newman | Scr: Jonathan Newman | Ph: Dirk Nel | Prod: Deepak Nayar | Mus: Mark Thomas | Ed: Eddie Hamilton | PD: James Lewis | AD: Gareth Thomas | Snd: Keith Marriner | Cast: Martin Freeman, Mandy Moore, Jonathan Silverman, Melissa George, Angus Deayton, Daisy Beaumont, Paul Chowdhry, Jerry Stiller, Beverley Klein

Worried by the increasing scarcity of sex in their marriage, the Finkels, together for nine years, decide to give wife swapping a chance. However, rather than stimulating their relationship, as they had hoped, their misguided experiment comes perilously close to killing it off altogether, leading as it does to their indefinite separation. Never the less, as they spend time apart, they slowly come to realise just what they had had before, but worry that  their union may have been irreparably damaged. Whilst the film’s more dramatic moments often fall flat, its humorous parts are much more successful, if still somewhat hit and miss. The performances are generally acceptable, though Moore and, in particular, Freeman are capable of much better, whilst the supporting turns prove more effective, in particular the brief cameos from the likes of Deayton, Stiller, et al. Never the less, It only ever proves mildly diverting.