Written By: Jim Ford
We Have Your Wife, a short comedy film directed by Jim Ford and produced by Fat Foot Films is about a man who gets a phone call from two criminals, claiming they kidnapped his wife and demanding a ransom. The film relates to the frustrating side of a man's married life while invoking your amusement with hilarious dialogue.
The first 30 seconds of the film sets you up for a horror/thriller-type of mood as a result of the night and darkness in the room, alongside the eerie ambient music. We are then introduced to our main character, Mr. Smith, who receives a phone call in the middle of the night from two criminals claiming they kidnapped his wife and demanding a ransom. After some thinking, Mr. Smith's reply shocks not only the criminals but the audience as well. His reaction and response to the situation are what changes this film from a horror/thriller-type of mood to a comedic film.
I will advise you to grab some popcorn and a drink at this point because you are about to laugh till your stomach hurts.
The conversation between Mr. Smith and the criminals continues as the criminals try to add more pressure to the situation by threatening and giving Mr. Smith a time limit to meet their demands. However, he does not seem to waver from his decision regardless of the situation and is even more firm after hearing her nagging at him through the criminal's phone. What a great point of no return.
In the last segment of the film, we reach the climax as Mr. Smith discharges his volcano of frustration about his wife to the criminals. The two criminals start empathizing with him and they lose all crumbs of hopes in getting their early demands met by the guy. Apparently, this situation has happened before to the criminals and they are becoming impatient and hopeless from kidnapping wives.
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This film is definitely one of my favorite comedy shorts hands down, considering a couple of factors. First of all, I love films that you can tell the story from both the antagonist and protagonist perspective. This short film does a great job with that. Seeing the film from the two criminals perspective makes you feel bad for them (A little bit). After all their efforts of kidnapping a man's wife, they end up with nothing, TWICE in the month already! At least they received a thoughtful thank-you-note.
Next, the main character of the film goes out the expected response and reaction to a situation like that which makes the film more appealing as the dialogue piggy-backs to make it more entertaining. The editing of the film definitely is an aspect to clap for Ryan Convery. It was well done both visually and audio-wise and does not take you away from the situation or film even the slightest.
Overall, I definitely would bookmark this film and recommend people to watch the full 6 minute of the film. I would also recommend you to keep your eyes on your pets if you love them (pun intended).