Sometimes a short, quirky comedy hits the spot on a cold winter’s day. HOW WE MET directed by Roe Moore is the little marshmallows in my hot cocoa. In a story that doesn’t take itself seriously in the least, this film follows a couple recalling the story of how they met, only their memories, and the reality of the evening, don’t line up.
It’s a fun tale of perspective that, for a short indie film, has multiple locations, background characters, and a couple small effects that elevate the overall production value. If I had to nitpick, I would call out the acting, which does seem a little over the top, but I’ve got a feeling that this was a choice made by the production rather than the actors themselves. In the future, my advice would be to dial down the “ham” to give more space for the comedy of the situation itself. The inclusion of not only their meeting but also the inconsistencies of their relationship over time builds up the story that the characters are telling and gives the film a few more punchlines to deliver in the 5 minute runtime of the movie.
Dushaun Thompson’s character Brian and Alex Otis’ Claire made for a cute couple, and as someone who has suffered through those “you should meet my friend” party-type setups, the story encapsulates that experience really well. The actress playing the mutual friend in the story Sylvie Wang was a great grounding block for the entire film, and the inclusion of “Hot Guy” played by Zach Dulin added some welcome comedy relief.