Despite a few inspired moments and some fun banter, "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" is a slight, often random lesbian comedy that offers little new in the way of authentic depth or enlightenment.
The script, by co-directors Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell, proves as uncertain and meandering as its romantically challenged lead character. That would be Elsie (Diane Flacks), a 40-ish Toronto TV producer who decides to end her five-year relationship with performance artist Robyn (Carolyn Taylor).
Elsie is happily free but, as always, eager to find a new girlfriend. However, when Elsie accepts a dare to stay single for five months, it's clear that'll be rough sledding for this serial monogamist. In typical rom-com form, the sexy if seemingly reluctant Lolli (Vanessa Dunn) lands in Elsie's path and, well, watch what happens.
Unfortunately, not much, as the story becomes wobbly and ill-defined. Flacks is an engaging actress, but it's hard to fully embrace her self-absorbed, inconsistent character. Elsie's quirky, at-times-interchangeable friends are unevenly performed.
Still, a hilarious scene in which Elsie learns how to meet women at the dog park is a high point.
"Portrait of a Serial Monogamist"
No MPAA rating
Running time: 1 hour, 22 minutes