Mercy is a romantic drama that was written by Scott Caan and directed by Patrick Hoelck. The story follows John Ryan, a 35 year old successful writer living in Los Angeles who has never dated a woman twice, let alone gotten married. In fact, for him, a successful date consists of the woman being gone the next morning from his apartment. The apartment, much like himself, seems to be devoid of personality.
He is largely successful with women, landing everyone he meets. However, his classic moves do not work one night at a party that was given in his honor. Though he has lined up his late evening date with the waitress, he is drawn to Mercy Bennett (played by Wendy Glenn). She is British and quite different than the type of woman he typically goes for.
He starts out badly by inferring that her name is a joke. Still, he continues talking to her and learns the next day that she has written a scathing review of his novel. He decides to contact her to find out why she didn't like the book.
The whole thing is unnerving to John, largely since he is surrounded by a support system that consists of his married best friend, Dane (played by Troy Garity) and his agent Jake (played by Dylan McDermott). His friend Erik (played by John Boyd) is trying to deal with a girlfriend who is dumping him. John is mentoring Erik on how to pick up women and then dump them himself.
A considerable amount of time passes and we see that John is very depressed. He goes to see his father (played by James Caan), an English professor whom he hasn't seen for a very long time. His father has not read any of his son's romance novels. It is clear that is father feels the same way that he does about women.