Wolfe has selected Feb. 9 for the DVD debut of the writing and directing team of John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler’s romantic comedy, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist.
Elsie (Diane Flacks — Take This Waltz, Too Much Sex, etc.) has an itch that she can’t seem to scratch. She has had a series of very intimate relationships and they all seemed so perfect … and then she just took off. She doesn’t cheat; doesn’t play around … she just up and leaves. In fact, she’s got it down to a routine, complete with rules (based on experience).
Robyn (played by writer Carolyn Taylor) is her latest “victim.” They seem like the perfect couple, but Elsie has that itch and blindsiding Robyn isn’t personal; that’s just how Elsie rolls. Robyn is both surprised and crushed.
So there’s your set-up. A loving couple in a wonderful relationship with a self imposed expiration date — like a carton of milk — only one member knows and the other hasn’t a clue that there’s a date certain when things just end.
You’ve got to be thinking that Elsie is a jerk, or a female version thereof. She is, and that’s the dilemma that filmmakers John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler were faced with … how do you get the audience to like Elsie, even though her behavior is destructive and rude?
This is where the casting of Diane Flacks comes into play. She is nothing short of amazing in her comic timing and the flashbacks that have been created by the filmmakers to tell her backstory are well constructed and also very funny. So even though she is not very nice, you can’t help but like her.
Robyn is kicked to the curb and now Elsie is free to zero in on her next loving relationship, which takes the form of a younger beauty by the name of Lolli (Vanessa Dunn). There’s just one little problem. It appears to be perfect, but it isn’t … and her family and friends don’t help.
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist rises or falls with the performance of Diane Flacks. With the smart, very witty script, she nails it, this is a keeper. But does it have a happy ending — for that, you’ll have to find out for yourself on Feb. 9.
Bonus goodies are limited to deleted scenes.