FILM REVIEW: JOHN RHYS-DAVIES’ ‘BAD CUPID’ BRINGS LAUGHS AND LOVE TO VOD THIS VALENTINE’S WEEKEND
Valentine’s Day Weekend is coming up, and that can only mean one thing– new movies about love and romance. February 12th will see the release of one such movie–although this one has a twist–figuratively and literally. BAD CUPID is a new comedy about love, obsession and one crazy-ass cupid, played by cinematic legend John Rhys-Davies (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK’s Sallah, LORD OF THE RINGS’ Gimli, SLIDERS).
Davies’ plays Archie, a Cupid on a mission to help Dave (Shane Nepveu), a recently dumped sad sack in Buffalo, who’s been moping around for a year after having been dumped by the love of his life. Dave’s energetic and wacky cousin Morris (Briana Marin) has been unsuccessful in her quest to console him, and a trip to Vegas to meet new women backfires. After Dave returns to Buffalo, he learns that is ex is engaged and soon-to-be-married. Dave tries to drown his sorrows at a neighborhood bar, and that’s where he meets Archie the Bad Cupid, who has kidnapped the ex’s groom-to-be , and has him bound and gagged in the bar’s restroom. This act leads Dave, Morris, Archie, and the groom on a wacky adventure as Dave contemplates what to do next.
The film is super indie and has a low budget vibe, but still manages to charm its way through. Animated bits are sprinkled throughout, Marin brings a fun energy to the role of Morris, and Davies is gruff yet loveable as Archie. The chemistry of the cast overcomes some of the shortcomings in the writing and direction. The somewhat twist ending made me smile.
Bad Cupid is available for streaming starting February 12th on all major platforms. You can watch the trailer below.