Zooey Deschanel (The Good Girl, Almost Famous), Paul Schneider (George Washington) and Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven, The Green Mile, High Art) star in one of the most refreshing, compelling andoriginal love stories of the year. In a sleepy little mill town in North Carolina, Paul (Schneider)is the town Romeo. But when his best friend's sister returns home from boarding school, he finds himself falling for her innocent charm. In spite of her lack of experience and the violent protests ofher brother, the two find themselves in a sweet, dreamy and all-consuming love. "One of the few films to honestly nail the awkwardness and ardor of young romance." - Megan Lehmann, THE NEW YORK POST.
You'd think moviemakers would have run out of new ways of capturing the trials and joys of young love--but director David Gordon Green finds a fresh take in All the Real Girls
, a bittersweet small-town romance. By leaving out the usual humdrum exposition of a courtship story, Green cuts right to the little moments that form the high and low points of a budding relationship. It's an impressionistic style aided by the wonderfully spontaneous and unpredictable acting of Paul Schneider (who also co-scripted) and Zooey Deschanel--who look like they're improvising, even though they're not. As in Green's excellent debut feature George Washington
, a small town serves as an atmospheric backdrop--this place looks a couple of decades shy of the 21st century. The mosaic approach makes the film play like a collection of memories, someone's first love recalled with fondness and just a bit of regret. --Robert Horton