Just in time for Valentine's Day, we've got an unconventional love story from filmmaker Chad Hamilton. "Bad Romance" is a neo-noir comedy that tells a tale of finding love, friendship, and one’s self in the most hopeless of times. Shot entirely in classic noir, black and white, style, the film stars Sanjay Rao (The Flight Attendant, Mo), Jeff Riberdy (Finders Keepers, Rock Paper Scissors), Kristen Marie Perry (Facing The Black, Girl Next), and introducing Emily Trent and Raleigh Moore.
Here's the film's synopsis:
Rob (Ra0) is the loneliest of loners. He is so desperate to find love that he constructs an absurd (and quite cinematic) plot to meet and impress women: he is tracking a man by the name of Jack S. who killed his wife to seek revenge, which – to him – is obviously an insanely loyal and courageous thing to do. Hannah, a seductive bartender who used to be married to a man named Jack S., agrees to help Rob track him down – a perfect excuse to get closer to (the now single) Hannah and to do everything he can to become exactly who she wants in her ideal guy. But little does Rob know that some of the people he meets along the way have intentions that turn Rob’s reality upside down – or is it right-side up?
I had a chance to catch up with Chad Hamilton, the film's writer and director, along with Sanjay Rao, the leading character, and the joyous conversation that we had is probably one of the best ever. Rao's character, Rob, is expertly written as an awkward, socially inept, introvert who wants to find love but first, he has to find out who killed his loving wife. A wife that we're unsure ever loved him in the first place.
The film leans heavy on the slight instability of Rob's mental health while turning the viewer inward and making them check their own. Several times throughout the film I caught myself wondering if I was seeing things or if I'd really heard what I thought I'd heard. "Delusion plays a big theme in the movie but that's kind of what love is. There is a a little delusion in love. When you fall in love you become a little delusional." Hamilton said. Rao admits to immersing himself into the quirky character, staying that way until the end of the 12 to 14 hour shoots and then returning home with the remnants of Rob. "My girlfriend at the time, who's now my fiancee, would say 'No, I want to have dinner with Sanjay, not Rob!'" he chuckled.
There's a twist in the film that brings viewers to a point where they learn the core value of the piece, in order to love someone else, you truly have to love yourself. Every single quirky and awkward part. If you're into dark comedy and unconventional love stories, then "Bad Romance" is something we think you'd enjoy.
"Bad Romance" will be available on Valentines day on Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Tubi. To learn more about the film, visit their website by clicking here.