Ill openly admit on here to having an unhealthy fixation with Christina Ricci (something that ill deny in a court of law though) and this is probably responsible for the problem that I had with this film. I understand that there was an element of Stockholm Syndrome going on here and I that you have to detach from reality in some ways when watching a film but throughout the entire story I found myself saying (and at times out loud) Why would someone like her ever be interested in this dude (also see Lost In Translation)?
Billy Brown has just been released from prison and he arranges to visit his parents who he hasnt told of his stint at the pleasure of the state. He has also told them that he is married and very successful. Upon which he kidnaps literaly the first woman to walk by in Layla (played by Ricci)) and orders her to drive to his parents and that she must pose as his wife, or else. There are multiple opportunities throughout for her to escape but for some unfathomable reason she doesnt? When they meet the parents there are glaringly obvious issues. The parents are just not interested in him and Mum is more interested in the Buffalo Bills footie team (hence the title) and the Dad is more interested in Laylas breasts and spends the entire drooling over them and using every opportunity to touch her in an entirely inappropriate way. He is only human after all and I understand these feelings entirely and this is possibly influenced the fact that Layla wears a dress throughout with (very obviously) no underwear that leaves very little to the imagination? It transpires that Billy is a very mixed up individual in all likelihood due to a combination of deeply unsuitable parents and severe emotional issues with the opposite sex that goes back to school and a disturbing crush on a classmate at school (see my earlier references to Ricci). He has also been doing time as a result of a gambling debt for a game in which the Bills kicker missed a field goal in the final moments and Billy is convinced this was a fix and is hellbent on revenge.
My problem throughout was that whilst I understood Billys issues, other than an arguably a nice bum he had no redeeming features whatsoever. He was mean and self centered yet somehow Layla warms to this and I couldnt understand why? However, not enough is known or ever learnt about Layla and had we known this it may had been easier to understand her train of thought? Maybe thats the point, in that process of love is not rational and we are destined to fall for the first mentalist that kidnaps us and takes us against our will? In the films defence, towards the end the film does take a turn for the better and you do end up caring a little more for the both of them but not enough to rescue it from its muddled beginnings.
Im now off to a padded cell and yet another night of heavy sedation whilst I contemplate Ricci in that dress and reflect on my wrongdoings and the injustice of that restraining order!!