Willfully frustrating comic drama Funny Bunny tests viewers’ patience by monotonously drawing attention to the impenetrable nature of its protagonists’ behavior. We watch three emotionally stunted strangers act out like spoiled, overgrown adolescents, forming a love triangle that’s not bizarre so much as obnoxious. But we never learn what draws these inarticulate characters together beyond mutual estrangement.
Navel-gazing divorcé Gene (Kentucker Audley) forms a paternal attachment to trust-fund man-child Titty (Olly Alexander) after Gene is kicked out of his ex-wife’s house. But Gene’s mentor/mentee relationship with Titty doesn’t change after they meet and both fall in love with Ginger (Joslyn Jensen), an amateur porn star with an obsessive attachment to her pet rabbit.
Gene, Titty, and Ginger’s ménage à trois is frequently characterized by abortive courtship rituals: She cries uncontrollably when they try to touch her, and Gene and Titty cluelessly try to win her affection by gifting her an expensive bicycle (though it’s unclear why) and attending animal activist meetings with her.
Nothing really makes sense in this head-scratching anti-romantic context beyond the queasy certainty that Gene, Titty, and Ginger will never fully understand each other. Sometimes characters develop limps for no reason, or undress in front of each other without any apparent chemistry. Emotional turmoil is unimaginatively visualized with melancholically low lighting, vaseline-soft focus, and perilously extreme close-up. And nobody communicates anything beyond their fathomless discomfort when they talk to each other. Funny Bunny may be effectively alienating, but never in a commendable way.
Directed by Alison Bagnall
Opens November 13, Made in NY Media Center by IFP