Over the course of twenty-four hours, the residents of the tiny island town of Wilby try to maintain business as a sex scandal threatens to rock the town to its core. The town’s video store owner, Dan Jarvis (James Allodi) – depressed over the pending revelations about his love life – decides to end it all, but keeps getting interrupted by Duck MacDonald (Callum Keith Rennie), the town’s dyslexic sign-painter, during his half-hearted suicide attempts.
Meanwhile, Dan has enlisted blindly ambitious real estate agent Carol French (Sandra Oh) to sell his house in an effort to quickly tie up the last of his loose ends. Carol, however, is more interested in selling her recently deceased mother-in-law’s house to Mayor Brent Fisher (Maury Chaykin), in order to get in with the in-crowd.
To take her social step up, Carol could use the help of her police officer husband Buddy (Paul Gross), but Buddy has his hands full with sexy, wrong-side-of-the-tracks Sandra Anderson (Rebecca Jenkins), who can never decide if she is coming or going. Sandra’s daughter Emily (Ellen Page) is none too thrilled about her mother repeating her typical pattern of married men and bad reputation, but Emily herself is just about to have her heart broken for the very first time.
Of course everyone’s concerns are going to be very different tonight when someone finds the body in the closet. Welcome to Wilby.
- Best Supporting Actress - Canadian Film (Rebecca Jenkins, VFCC Award, 2005 Vancouver Film Critics Circle)
- Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female (Ellen Page, Atlantic Canadian Award, 2004 Atlantic Film Festival)
- Daniel MacIvor calls the film a "Canadian commercial film", and wanted it to be familiar, but with a twist to wake everyone up
- The story took about three years to make it to the screen, starting from around New Year's Eve 2001 at a party of Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa
- Daniel MacIvor found it weirdly easy to get the cast he wanted, helped by being able to tell people that he wrote specific parts for them
- The movie was originally to be called Honey, but then the Jessica Alba movie of the same name came out, which necessitated a change. This lead to the current title, which affected part of the story
- Post-production wrapped in February 2004