DVD: Swinging with the Finkels (15)


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Martin Freeman once again fronts a real stinker (also see Confetti and Nativity!). This time, he plays architect Alvin Finkel who is suffering from the seven-year itch with his wife, Ellie (Mandy Moore).

Their well-heeled pals (played by an embarrassed-looking Melissa George and Jonathan Silverman) have a marriage that's unravelling and Alvin's anxious his is too. Trying desperately to ape Blake Edwards' sex/relationship comedies, this painfully smug drama is notable for a perfectly appalling cucumber gag, some truly trite chapter headings – "Life without wife" – and having zero point.