The set-up of Duncan Birmingham’s short “Excuse Me” is pure sitcom vulgarity: while in the throes of orgasm, a guy mumbles a name that does not belong to the girlfriend in his arms. Some bickering occurs – he puts the charm factor into overload with a smiley state of denial, while she runs the risk of becoming a virago by insisting that he confess. Everything seems to settle down in romantic reconciliation until the truth accidentally slips out.
Cy Carter and Angela Trimbur are attractive as the combustible couple, but they become somewhat boring as their characters retreat into immature cliches. Birmingham’s script drops odd references to Kafka, Orwell and jazz music, as if he was trying to shoehorn Woody Allen-style intellectualism into this “Two and a Half Men”-style comedy. And anyone who cannot guess the too-obvious closing joke well before the halfway mark deserves a wet noodle slap.