I Love Your Work
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But with fame and fortune comes attention, and not always the kind that is wanted. Convinced that the chance encounters that he has been having with his fans are not really coincidental, he looks to his bodyguard (Jared Harris) and a video store clerk (Joshua Jackson) for help despite the protests of those around him. Is he truly paranoid, as they suggest? Or are they motivated by jealousy and spite? Has he found himself in the crosshairs of an obsessed fan or is it someone much closer to him? Will one of the top movie stars in the world be able to survive, when he doesnt even know who - or what- he is up against?
- Commentary with Giovanni Ribisi and Director Adam Goldberg
- Music gallery
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Top Customer Reviews
Actor/director Adam Goldberg's "I Love Your Work" attempts to tackle that subject, but the "poor little rich actor" storyline merely ends up feeling self-indulgent and whiny. Several of the actors are talented, but most of them -- except for star Giovanni Ribisi -- are misused.
Gray Evans (Giovanni Ribisi) is famous, rich and miserable. He married Mia (Franka Potente) after seeing her in a French film, but their marriage is crumbling because he thinks she's cheating with Elvis Costello, who is friendly with Mia. Distraught, Gray ends up in a video store, where he becomes fascinated with a young video store clerk (Joshua Jackson) and his loving girlfriend (Marisa Coughlan).
As his sanity begins to crumble, Gray stalks the couple, and starts to have visions of an ex-girlfriend (Christina Ricci) who reminds him of a happier time. He begins to reimagine his past, pre-fame life through the clerk and girlfriend, and soon the world of sanity is beginning to fade away.
Perhaps this movie would be more palatable if it hadn't been done by an actor. In the hands of someone like Wes Anderson, this movie would have been brilliant, dark and understatedly satirical. From Goldberg, it just seems self-indulgent. It has nothing new to say, and it doesn't add any sparkle to the old stuff.
And while Goldberg tries hard to make this a dark satire, he takes his Big Message too seriously. It starts off well, with Gray teetering on the edge of insanity, and imagining that everybody is watching, touching and pursuing him. For a short time, it has the elements of a lightweight Fellini movie.
But after the first half hour, Goldberg goes wild with the camera tricks and the plot.Read more ›
The first third of the movie was nearly impossibe to hear, and the closed caption so fast that I had to continually press pause to study the dialogue. Why the cough? It seemed to play a prominent role, but led to nothing. The cover on the DVD is misleading. I kept watching even though it was tedious, because I thought there would be a thriller ending with a murder. I long suspected a dumb ending and it certainly was.
ribisi is riveting in every scene, and the camera work and production design are first rate.
the layering of plots and points of view is a wild ride, and sets up the audience for the dissolution of the main character's personality.
the complex psychological underpinnings of the story make it a bit effortful, but the overall effect is worth the effort.
not your standard date movie.
Some people have focused on the plot of this picture and come away with the impression that this is a *woe is me* tale about the grips of celebrity. I see this movie more as a character study of a very needy and praise-dependant introvert who is losing his grip on reality. The fact that the main character is a famous actor is useful in providing a personality type which can be vulnerable to needing the approval and praise of others. Indeed, not all actors have this need, certainly not to the debilitating level of Ribisi's character here. But the need for admiration and approval is something that is probably bigger for actors, and definitely something the rest of the world can relate to.
Granted this film is not for the general public. This is not meant to be watched for surface level entertainment, nor is it meant to be structured like the traditional story many people often expect. To portray the stream of consciousness of somebody's fractured mind on film is a very difficult thing to do. It does not lend itself to traditional plot structure and scene sequences.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was movie that was not really a memorable one.. If you have nothing to do and have some time to spare, watch it, But do not be the one purchasing the dvd. Watch someone else's.Published on May 20, 2013 by Deborah Kearney
Adam Goldberg's attempt at David Lynch didn't quite make the grade...this film just escaped me. I somewhat got it but didn't, what I mean is it was just all over the place and very... Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Neal Damiano
This movie was mostly painful to watch. The main guy seems pretty cool, but his wife is really annoying. Read morePublished on April 1, 2007 by A customer
This was one of the best movie I've seen all year. Guliana Rabissi (sp?) is PHENOMINAL. People giving this movie low ratings must not understand the complex, multi-demintional... Read morePublished on February 22, 2007 by Tyler Hacke
Clocking in at just under two hours, I LOVE YOUR WORK leaves the viewer feeling as though from the opening sequence that stones have been tied to your feet and your body thrown... Read morePublished on November 7, 2006 by Grady Harp