When Sarah, a real-life vampire, gets audited, the last thing she expects is a date. But an unlikely spark with IRS agent, James, forces two misfits to confront whether they have the courage to commit the radical act of falling in love.
I will admit, the concept of a “real-life vampire” struck me as bizarre and difficult to initially even find interesting. The idea of a film about a group of “vampires” who happen to lack all of the actual cool shit about being a vampire? Even more ironic is that the title of the film is a mere play on words which are almost purely metaphorical, and absolutely not literal at all. But, then you throw in the concept of such a group getting audited by the IRS and the possibility of a beautiful modern love story ensuing in the process? Well, now you’ve got my attention.
The outcome of the plot line of a film like Bite Me turned out to be an amazing showcase of brilliant storytelling that is only amplified by both sentimental and also zany performances. It is a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but also is clear in its intent to display the often complicated voyage towards loving another person, or better yet, yourself.
While the entire cast performs wonderfully on their own, the chemistry between the film’s leads Naomi McDougall Jones and Christian Coulson is undeniably spectacular. There is a clear and special bond between two characters who, on the surface, couldn’t be more different from one another. But in the end, they are just two souls looking for the same thing – somebody else to make this whole existence thing worth a damn. Much like the delicate mechanism that produces the blood in which Sarah desperately seeks, ”Bite Me” is a film with so much heart and truly pure message about what it means to overcome even the most obvious self-inflicted diversity.