NXNE 2014: Whoops! – Film Review

Director: Tony Hipwell, Miles Watts
Writers: Tony Hipwell, Miles Watts
Cast: Elaine Glover, Philip Rowson
Runtime: 89 mins
Rating: STC

British humour has always distinguished itself for creating complicated storylines that take somewhat fantastical or highly unlikely events and incorporate them into everyday life. There is something highly appealing of seeing the fabric of routine disrupted by unforeseeable events that change a character’s life in the most entertaining ways possible. Whoops! is one of those comedies that takes the unlikely and transforms it into a feature comedy that is sure to appeal to those who enjoy a darker humour.


Rose (Elaine Glover) is an ordinary mother and wife who makes a living working for a real estate company. She seems to have the perfect husband and children, but lately strange things have been happening to her that she cannot control. She has found herself accidentally murdering people she believes to be chasing or trying to harm her, and although she only wished to protect herself, she always seems to take it too far. Luckily, her husband Dave (Philip Rowson) is eager to help her dispose of the bodies as quickly as possible, with the hopes that their extraordinary circumstances will go unnoticed. Despite wanting to keep a level of normalcy, the police have started to look into these inexplicable murders, and Rose and Dave will have to work together in order to prevent their perfect life from coming apart.

No matter how somber the premise might sound, the film is actually very lighthearted, and you can tell the actors had fun doing it. There is something quite interesting masked behind the comedic tone of the film, and that is the reason why Rose happened to murder people when she felt unsafe. Although probably just used as a plot device, the constant return to the topic of harassment makes for interesting food for thought in an otherwise unapologetic film. The movie has several of these more serious instances, including its interesting take on the detectives who are set to find the killer, portraying them in a light that somehow seems much more realistic than the stylish and heroic British detectives such as the popular Sherlock. The detectives in the film take murder lightheartedly, and they don’t hesitate on commenting on the victim’s bodies as if they were merely toys. Although some may find it crude, I thought it was a refreshing and earnest look on what regular folks would be like if they had been desensitized to horrific acts of murder.


As you may have guessed by the title, this movie does everything but take itself seriously. With plenty of prosthetics and special effects, the film is chock full of what you could call comedic gore. Due to many of these elements, I found it hard to take anything else in the film seriously, but I salute the director and writer for wanting to provide the audience with something new and unexpected. It certainly reminded me that British humour always comes up with quirky ways to create new comedies that truly differ from the more well-known American comedies. If you are a gore fan you will certainly find amusement in the film’s less than convincing prosthetics and their various uses of blood squirting that although hilarious to some, might affect some other viewers in a different way.