God of Love is a 2010 short film (18 minutes) directed by, written by, and starring Luke Matheny.
Matheny plays Raymond Goodfellow, a lounge singer in a band who also has exceptional aim. He combines those two unrelated talents in his act: while singing Frank Sinatra-style crooners, Raymond simultaneously throws darts at targets hanging on the side wall. Ray is in love with Kelly, the drummer in his band. Kelly for her part is oblivious to this and is instead in love with Fozzie, the guitarist, who says he is not interested and wouldn't make a move on someone his friend likes anyway.
Ray has been praying to God every night, asking that Kelly return his affections. One day, he receives a mysterious package that appears to contain the answer to his prayers: a set of "Love Dart 3000" darts. The darts, which were sent from the Olympus Corporation, promise that whoever is hit by them will be immediately attracted to the first person they see, and will remain so for precisely six hours. If the love is meant to be, it will last, and if it isn't, the effect will dissipate. After successfully testing the darts on a random attractive woman that he matches with Frank the bassist, Ray uses the darts on Kelly—with surprising results.
- Bittersweet Ending: Ray, who has become Cupid, seems doomed to be alone. But he's matched a lot of other people up.
- Chekhov's Skill: Raymond's spectacular aim. First it proves handy when he's throwing darts at love targets.
- Cupid's Arrow: At first, darts. Later, after Ray assumes his duties as Cupid, he is sent the standard bow and arrow set, straight from Olympus.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The whole short is in black and white.
- Foreshadowing: Fozzie knows quite a bit more about Kelly than Ray does, having to correct Ray on what kind of decor Kelly would like and what kind of food and what is her favorite opera. This hints that he does have feelings for her that he's concealing.
- How We Got Here: Starts with Ray motorcycling down a country road, musing about how you can't control whom you fall in love with. Then jumps back three months to start the story.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Ray's aim goes from impressive to absurd when Kelly throws a heart-shaped chocolate box in the air, and Ray hits it square in the middle in the air with a dart. The ending reveals that there's a supernatural reason why Ray's aim is so good.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After realizing that Fozzie does in fact have feelings for Kelly, which he's been concealing, Ray throws a dart at him, and Kelly and Raymond fall in love.
- Love Goddess: So Ray proclaims himself in the last line, anyway, although he's really Cupid The Matchmaker (Aphrodite was the goddess of love).
- The Matchmaker: Ray ends up being a divine matchmaker.
- Meaningful Echo: In the How We Got Here opening scene, Ray says "You can't control who you fall in love with." At the end, having taken the job of Cupid, Ray says "You can't control who you fall in love with, but I can."
- Meaningful Name: Raymond Goodfellow, an obvious allusion to Puck, indicating that Ray may not be all he seems.
- Off-into-the-Distance Ending: Ends with Ray, having accepted his new role as Cupid, cycling away.
- The Problem with Pen Island: When the darts fail to work on Kelly, a despondent Ray winds up jabbing a bunch of women (and one man!), acquiring a whole harem following him around. Somehow he winds up at a Scrabble tournament. The woman he's playing takes three tiles off her row and shows Ray the remaining four, which spell "DOME". When a confused Ray says "Dome?", the woman hurriedly separates her tiles so they read "DO ME".
- Shout-Out: When Ray's telling Fozzie how he'd like the dining room decorated."A candlelit Amish barn. You know, like Witness.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The short ends with Ray realizing that he has become Cupid.
- Urban Fantasy: A new Cupid, shooting people with love darts and love arrows, in 21st century New York.
- Whip Pan: Used to transition between scenes on Ray and Kelly's romantic date—walking along the Battery, ice skating, walking through Central Park.
- You Can't Fight Fate: When Fozzie expresses ethical reservations about using the love darts, Ray says that it was fated, that he was meant to use the darts. And as the ending proves, he was right.