6 Month Rule
Writer, director, and lead actor Blayne Weaver’s 6 MONTH RULE is a slightly different take on the romantic comedy genre. With a star-studded cast including comedian Dave Foley (Kids In The Hall, VAMPIRES SUCK), veteran actor Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks, SUPERBAD), and stunning Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation, White Collar), Weaver takes us through a familiar formula with a refreshing conclusion.
Crisp visuals, sound, and an engaging script make this an independent film that stands out from the pack. Even though this film was made with a higher budget than most indies, it still retains the same spirit as his previous films, WEATHER GIRL, and OUTSIDE SALES. Blayne Weaver continues to turn out quality films that audiences seem to respond well to. 6 MONTH RULE is no exception. While the concept is not anything we haven’t seen before, the execution is something that we don’t see often, and with Weaver pulling triple duty on this film, it’s amazing that his performance didn’t suffer in any of the areas he was involved in.
Weaver, who reminds me of a young Jack Nicholson, plays Tyler, a fast-talking ladies man who acts like James Bond and lives by his own rules of dating. He believes the titular 6 Month Rule means that any man can get over any relationship in only 6 months. He spouts his ridiculous axioms to his friend Alan (Martin Starr) who was recently dumped by his fiance (in a great cameo by Jaime Pressly) and is staying in Tyler’s apartment while he gets his life back together. Soon Tyler meets the enigmatic Sophie (Natalie Morales) who challenges him in a way that no other woman has before, she calls him on his bullshit and makes him examine the life he’s been living.
As the film progresses Tyler’s character evolves from a confident womanizer to a man questioning himself. By being honest about his shortcomings he wins Sophie’s heart, but she has issues of her own. Sophie is just as damaged as Tyler, playing it safe dating a rock star who is more interested in the rise of his career to take the time to really get to know her. Along the way Tyler’s ego creates setbacks that prevent he and Sophie from continuing their releationship, and the finale of the movie isn’t exactly the typical “Hollywood ending”, but is nevertheless satisfying.
The cast really helps to sell the movie’s somewhat predictable premise. Dave Foley and Martin Starr should be given particular credit for providing much-needed comic relief to Weaver’s character, while funny at times, can also come off as somewhat unlikable. That said, I don’t really think that the Tyler character is the one the audience is supposed to be rooting for. Alan is the one who provides the moral compass to Tyler and his conflict resolution mostly set the tone for the entire movie. He and Tyler have similar conflicts, but because Alan is the more virtuous character, he is the one who gets the happy ending.6 Month Rule,