There really isn’t anything funny about unwanted pregnancy; however, an awkward guys reaction to it can be hilarious. And that is what the Australian director behind Killscreen Films brought to light in his short, Six Weeks Later.
I tend not to write about comedies a lot because most comedic short films really struggle to be humorous beyond a witty one-liner. Unless you have a talented writer and director working on the project, it is pretty difficult to create something that is genuinely funny about a pregnancy scare.
Killscreen Films made a really crucial desicion on this one with the role of the guy. Rathre than making him as awkard as Michael Cera is in most of his films, he has the confident awkwardness that really pulls the whole concept together. The fact that he actually seems to have his head on his shoulders really helps to build up the awkwardness of the situation that complements his supportive nature so well. While the plot lends really nicely to the having an over-the-top, awkward guy, I think it would have been way too much for a two minute short.
The biggest reason Six Weeks Later succeeds is that the production team kept it simple. A girl tells a guy that she is pregnant and after an immediate reaction of agony he jumps to proposing. Now, this is the kind of thing you expect to see on ABC Family, but Killscreen Films doesn’t take them selves quite so seriously making this not a shity teen drama. Enjoy!