All The Real Girls 2003 R CC

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Paul, who is 22, lives in the South in the same town he was born in. He has a close group of buddies and when he meets one of his friends' sisters, who has just graduated from prep school, his life begins to change.

Starring:
Shea Whigham, Zooey Deschanel
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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All The Real Girls

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director David Gordon Green
Starring Shea Whigham, Zooey Deschanel
Supporting actors Shea Whigham, Danny McBride, Maurice Compte, Heather McComb, Benjamin Mouton, John Kirkland, James Marshall Case, Patricia Clarkson, Maya Ling Pruitt, Eddie Rouse, Karey Williams, Matt Chapman, Amanda Chaney, Maribeth Ayers, Summer Shelton, Bob Hardison, Bartow Church, Rutledge
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Samuel McKewon on March 3, 2003
"All the Real Girls" lurks, and it lurks, and it lurks, until it haunts. It is a messy romance movie, a little cool to the touch, a little wrapped up in itself. But the effect is bone-rattling.
I won't say much -- and I am not a planted reviewer -- but the movie confirms the arrival of David Gordon Green as a serious, in-the-game filmmaker. His pervious film was "George Washington," and it, too, was a messy tale of heroism, gothic pain and love and mortality. It was also the most visually striking film aside from "Dancer In the Dark" that I have seen in some time.
"All the Real Girls" does not have the epic power that movie possessed -- "George Washington" is out of time, out of mind -- but it has a more cohesive, enjoyable narrative, it is not as weirdly symbolic and, most importantly, it's about adults. I recommend it highly, even if I think the sum of the parts do not transcend the parts themselves. I await the moment when Green makes a whole film, start to finish, possibly without a script he has written. His talent is unique and immense.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on March 1, 2003
Paul (Paul Schneider) is the kind of good looking, teddy bear, cuddly, slow talkin', sly bad boy that women adore and fall hard for. And he's taken advantage of this like most guys of his ilk and has earned a well deserved bad rep for loving and leaving `em; which is particularly sticky for Paul because he lives in a small, going to seed town in middle America in which Everyone knows Everyone else... and they all know Paul's business.
Paul meets Noel (Zooey Deschanel) and he decides to change his spots and, treat her with respect and thereby repent and follow the straight and narrow, as it were. Noel has other ideas, though.
David Gordon Green, the director and writer of "All The Real Girls" has structured this movie in a very laidback, molasses in the summer manner and has cut the film into many short scenes: some with dialogue, many without. He's after the long term, not the immediate effect of these images to have their impact and for the most part he succeeds; even though the first 15 minutes of the film is hard going, as we don't know what he is trying to do and the stiffness of the actors and their delivery of the dialogue begins to get irritating.
Yet, the most touching scenes in this film are those between Paul and his Mom (Patricia Clarkson), Paul and his Uncle and Paul and his friends. His friends, all of them men in their 20's, are guys who are not afraid to open up emotionally to each other. All of these scenes are so warm and natural that they seem improvised. In fact, Gordon shows that these people, though under-educated but obviously endowed with an extraordinary amount of horse sense, have an intelligent and insightful awareness of their emotions and an appreciation of all the relationships in their lives. These scenes crackle with truth and nobility.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Warner on March 18, 2003
David Gordon Green follows up his stunning success, "George Washington" (2000), with his second feature, "All the Real Girls," a film so exceptional, I want to thank him for making it. Never has stinging heartbreak been so vivid, so ethereal, and yet so grounded.
We're immersed in the Carolina countryside, the smoky mountains, sun-dappled faces, playgrounds, lakes and rivers, scrap yards, the shattered remains of a town, filled with people who have no dreams, except that which holds them closest - family and love. "Girls", at heart, is a sincere love story concerning Paul (Paul Schneider) and Noel (Zooey Deschanel). Their love deliberately avoids the clichés that most Hollywood films embrace, and instead, goes for the heart and the gut. Green sets a tone of longing and loss, feeding the mounting power of the story, but he also mixes in some unforced comedy; this is life and it feels real. Schneider and Deschanel give two varied and distinctive performances; they deserve much praise for the success of this film.
Tim Orr's cinematography adds warmth and texture; he is fascinated with nature, and understands that our environment induces emotional reactions. My chest was in knots, and I soaked it up. I reveled in knowing that resolutions are elusive, that love exasperates, that films this good appear once in a blue, Carolina moon, that "All the Real Girls" is a masterpiece.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie B. on December 24, 2004
Format: DVD
I JUST watched this film. I have to admit, it is easy for me to judge a film I watch late at night by quite simply whether or not I can make it the credits. Instead, here I am at 1 AM writing a review. That is how good this film was.
I came across this film in the dollar video store down the street (my second residence). I recognized the title, plus the cover caught my eye. I somewhat relunctantly rented it and honestly it because there wasn't much else there (since I prefer the non-mainstream). Also, because most anything that bears "Sundance" or some other international film festival on the cover, I am willing to give a try.
Two minutes into the film, the actors had captivated my emotions. They had already completely convinced me they were falling in love (something I am very picky about). Paul and Noel have a rare chemistry that made it so real. The film was also beautifully shot. It captured those little things that are so often overlooked. The movie really touched me, I cried. I cried a lot actually. I don't think that is what the movie is necessarily going for, and it may not make you feel that way. I just related with it on some level that most movies never stir.
I told myself I wouldn't go on and on about this movie. I really just want to recommend it to anyone. I can see however, that it may not be for everyone. It could be called "slow-paced." However, if you are interested in a great, honest, story about love, and life, that is not conventional, that is brillantly shot...watch this. All I really came to say is: RENT IT. This movie made my day; finding an unexpectedly genuine treasure amongst the rows of meaningless films in the video store.Just watch it for yourself...
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