Run time: 120 mins
In Theaters: Sunday 26th September 2004
Distributed by: Hart Sharp Video
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
IMDB: 7.3 / 10
Director: Adrian Shergold
Producer: Christine Langan
But seriously, Dirty Filthy Love is a generally engaging and sometimes funny look at how society's dysfunctionals get by in a world of romance, despite their proclivity to bark like wild dogs. Michael Sheen's Mark has both Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome -- though somehow he made it to the top of the architecture field and landed a gorgeous wife while yelling fuck! tits! at everyone.
Love finds Mark losing his job and his wife and finally exploring group therapy while he tries to put his life back together. Despite the ministrations of Charlotte (Shirley Henderson, best known for being "Moaning Myrtle" in the Harry Potter movies and for having a name that combines two great TV actress "moms" who greatly resemble each other but look nothing like this Shirley), Mark doesn't much improve. Before long he looks like a hobo and he's worse than ever.
Dirty Filthy Love isn't exactly a serious look at mental illness (and it seems to give Mark whatever tic the script needs at any given time, never mind the science), but that's OK. It's reasonably fun, even if it is almost morbidly depressing. Sheen is a revelation as the loser lover. His come-on line to Charlotte ("Nice tits.") is alone worth the price of a rental.