The short comedy The D*ck Appointment mines the absurdity of dating apps for laughs

When Wally (Patrick Reilly), a lovelorn young man, decides to try getting over his recent break-up, he turns to hook-up apps for help – leading to unusual results.

The D*ck Appointment is a new short comedy from writer-director Mike Roma. The film literalizes the dating/hook-up app experience by casting actors to play the lead character’s various direct message options and having them interact face-to-face, using their text chains as dialog.

Refreshingly observant, the film shines a spotlight on the inherent absurdity of these interactions – culminating in an in-person meeting that’s a little too whiz-bang for our lead. Anyone who has ever wasted too many hour scrolling through Grindr or cut an unsuccessful encounter short will find plenty to relate to and laugh about here.

Mike Roma previously wrote and directed Danny the Manny, which Indiewire named one of the Best Web Series of 2016. The following year, Roma premiered his debut feature film Dating My Mother at Frameline Film Festival. In 2019, his pilot script F*ckboys was developed at the Screenwriters Colony. The D*ck Appointment is his latest project and was chosen as an official short selection at Outfest 2020.

Watch a short clip from The D*ck Appointment below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

Are you down with Dating My Mother?

Unemployed and living in his New Jersey hometown, brash screenwriter Danny (Patrick Reilly) spends his days doing just about everything with his mother Joan (Kathryn Erbe). But when Joan reveals she’s going to start dating again, Danny’s cushy world comes crashing down.

Dating My Mother follows the intimate and tumultuous relationship between a single mother and her gay son as they navigate the dizzying world of online dating. While they search for their versions of Mr. Right, mother and son realize that sometimes you have to pull apart in order to come together.

Written and directed as a feature-length debut by Mike Roma, who previously created the web series Danny the Manny, Dating My Mother co-stars Paul Iacono, James Le Gros and Kathy Najimy. It’s available to watch RIGHT NOW on Dekkoo!