To some, love is negotiable and based on pretense. In a day and age of the prenuptial agreement, Jeana Blackman and her film crew have created a light-hearted comedy about a married couple who plays by the rules – or at least knows how to break them.

“Pre-Nups” is a story about a corky upper-middle class couple whose relationship is sewn together with a legal contract. The wife diligently tries to hide her hobbies and the husband diligently tries to expose them. Sex, babies, and daily habits are all part of the game. The clauses are tiring but the couple insists that it’s love.

Great characters and bold actors are the highlight of this film. Structural problems with the visual and auditory aspects of the film are a low-light to “Pre-Nups” possibilities. The opening credits are distastefully large for a short film and the soundtrack, although fitting, dominates the dialogue at times.

In all, Blackman’s crew has potential. The camera does a good job of telling the story and accentuating a mood, especially in the opening scene where the husband’s return to home is portrayed like Patrick Bergin in “Sleeping with the Enemy” (Dir. Joseph Rubin, 1991).

“Pre-Nups” screened at the 2005 Los Angeles Short Films Festival.


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