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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

Kelsey Chapman , Hector Elias  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kelsey Chapman, Hector Elias, Amy French, Ellen Geer, John Hawkes
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AMJFYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Me and You and Everyone We Know" on IMDb

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Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Me You and Everyone We Know, is a poetic and penetrating look at how everyday people struggle to connect with one another in an isolating modern world. Christine Jesperson (writer/director Miranda July) is a struggling artist and cab driver who uses her talents and imagination to draw her dreams and objects of desire. One such object is Richard Swersey (John Hawkes, TV's "Deadwood"), a newly-single father of two boys who is hoping for amazing things, yet panics upon meeting the captivating Christine. But in a world where the mundane is transcendent and people seek meaningful connections despite the risk, anything magical can happen - and well - happen.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you willing to play along? October 23, 2006
Format:DVD
This film is not for everyone and I appreciate the insights in some of the negative reviews. However, it would be unfortunate if such reviews put off viewers to who might otherwise connect with the film. I will try to offer a more successful reading.

The movie's most self-referential scene involves the playful conversation between the two lead characters as they walk to their respective cars. In offering their respective interpretations of the walk, they each take chances by playing a game at the risk that the other will not play along. It is precisely this vulnerability of the characters that makes the characters so endearing and the main narrative so romantic. By taking the risks and playing along with the conversation, they each reveal to the other a common openness to a shared way of relating to the world. By extension, through the entire film Miranda July takes risks, asking the viewer "this is game that I am playing, are you willing to play along?"

A less central but significant scene recognizes that not everyone is willing to play along. An awkward and unsuccessful conversation in the intimate setting of a female character's bathroom between two recently separated characters presents them as each good and decent individuals who simply cannot connect with one another successfully. I take this sympathetic representation of the separated wife as one of the most admirable dimensions of the film. It celebrates the playful artistic stance of the two main characters, the quality that brings them together and allows them to connect, while respecting the alternative ways that other characters relate to the world around them.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i've always loved her work, now i love it even more September 27, 2005
By nikki
Format:DVD
This movie is fantastic, period. Each scene is so colourful and humourous and touching. What makes this movie so good to me are all the little, seconds-long moments of weirdness/sadness/cuteness which really (cheesy as it sounds) Touch Your Heart. Keep an eye out for the goldfish scene, the talking picture-frame scene, and the mug scene for an idea of what i'm talking about. And the little boy who plays the part of the younger son is phenomenal. i am usually annoyed by child actors but this little boy is so genuine and lovable. you would never, ever know that the things coming out of his mouth are pre-scripted lines. i ended up liking and caring about every single character and, more than that, feeling really moved by the visuals and the aforesaid asides that come and go so quickly.

i appreciate this movie the same way i might appreciate a beautiful photograph- with respect and wonder.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Self-consciously "arty" at every turn, it's easy to see why many people love "Me and You and Everyone We Know"--but it's just as easy for me to see why people also loathe this film. Performance artist Miranda July has fashioned a piece about urban disconnect and lost souls and has populated it with quirky characters and outlandish situations. And while many compare the tone of the film to a Todd Solondz picture, to me it doesn't have quite the same brash in-your-face entertainment style. July's piece is quieter and more contemplative.

"Quirky" has become the new curse on the indie film scene. There are an abundance of films that work with outlandish character types--we're supposed to be instantly charmed. But for all the films that utilize this formula, few are really successful (for me, two diverse examples would be Solondz's "Happiness" or even "Junebug"). And while July doesn't quite reach those heights, there is still plenty to be admired in her first effort.

One very smart choice is that everything is underplayed! The situations aren't particularly believable, but the feelings elicited from them have a truth and sweetness. I used the phrase "finding the realness in unreality" in another review, and I think it's apt here too. While I didn't believe many of the plot points were realistic, there was still a thoughtfulness and heart behind them--and I think there are parts of the film that will stay with you.

The actors are uniformly good. Again, the success of the film rests on it's subtlety. Most of the performances were understated, it was as if life were just unfolding around these characters. Had any of this been played broadly, it would have been disastrous.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swept Away October 12, 2005
By Wes
Format:DVD
This is just a marvelous work, trenchant and magical. Critics of its use of children and sexuality ought to shut the hell up, because it's obvious some scenes were achieved through simple editing without the kids necessarily having direct knowledge of what the audience is watching. Right? Anyway, MJ was terrific. Too bad she didn't stick a commentary track on this dvd.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Richard (John Hawkes) is a recently separated father of two boys, with a romantic, decidedly impractical personality. Christine (Miranda July) is an aspiring performance artist who falls in love with Richard when he sells her some shoes. But Richard doesn't seem keen on a new relationship at this moment. Meanwhile, his co-worker Andrew (Brad William Henke) is carrying on a strange flirtation with teenagers Rebecca (Najarra Townsend) and Heather (Natasha Slayton), who are classmates of Richard's son Peter (Miles Thompson). Peter and younger brother Robby (Brandon Ratcliff) are messing around in internet sex chatrooms. Sylvie (Carlie Westerman), a fastidious young neighbor, is planning way ahead for her life as a homemaker..

I thought "Me and You and Everyone We Know" was going to be a 2-star movie for the first half hour, in which a lot of aimless people have aimless conversations, seemingly in slow motion. But the film became watchable as the child characters became more prominent, bringing humor and interesting personalities to a story whose lead characters generate no interest whatsoever. You would have to like Christine and Richard to like the film, and they fell completely flat for me. But the kids are its saving grace. Brandon Ratcliffe as Robbie is especially natural and charming. Miranda July, who wrote and directed the film as well as stars in it, takes an intelligent, respectful approach to children, which I think is the film's strength. It's weakness is that this is extremely self-indulgent filmmaking. "Me and You and Everyone We Know" is a quirky take on how people of various ages and personalities try to connect to one another in various ways for an assortment of reasons.

The DVD (MGM 2005): The only bonus features are 6 deleted scenes. Subtitles are available for the film in English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disregard the unrealistic negative reviews!
One of the best films ive seen, an I am not usually a fan of films like this one. People are way too sensitive about this film. Do you guys remember adolescence? Read more
Published 24 days ago by Edwin Caudill
4.0 out of 5 stars back and forth forever
Quirky movie. The story was fun and unexpected while maintaining its dramatic elements. Some excellent one liners and off-color topics
Published 6 months ago by Meg
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Miranda July's music, you'll like this.
Miranda July's music is much like this movie: disjointed, spontaneous, edgy and begging for legitimacy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JboneCA
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood excrement; it should be re-titled: "Me and You and...
[Zero stars not allowed so rounded up to 1 star] Sometimes critics are flat wrong. This so-called movie is an absolutely uncomfortable, horrid, ill-conceived, misguided, and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fred Gonzales
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly, wandering movie
Me and you has no unifying plot. It is something of an art film, and we would suggest giving it a pass. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda Tebben
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad taste, worse plot line
Performance art without a spark of wit or grace.
Verbal and physical sexual acting out acted out by young people. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE
WHY MUST I WRITE WHEN ALL I WANT TO DO IS RATE IT WITH THE STARS? THIS IS WHY DON'T DO THESE THINGS VERY OFTEN.
Published 10 months ago by JACK CASPAR
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Different
Just a little film that's quirky and different. John Hawkes is one of my favorite actors and, as always, he's perfect in this role. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...On A Joy Ride
The charm of this film is that not everyone will "get it" or enjoy it. For those of us who enjoyed it, it is a gem. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Gorgeous JR
2.0 out of 5 stars it tried too hard
In an effort to bring something different to the table, this film brings nothing to the table. It tries too hard to be different and what the viewer ends up with is an amalgam of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by MOSI
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