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Rid of Me


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A scathing black comedy of embarrassment, RID OF ME charts the emotional breakdown and rebirth of a woman ripe for self-discovery.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Katie O'Grady, Melik Malkasian, Orianna Herrman, John Breen
  • Directors: James Westby
  • Producers: Katie O'Grady, James Westby
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films (USA), LLC
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQNQVKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Nowlin on May 8, 2013
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I can't stop thinking about this dark and desperate, tragic and beautiful film about a newlywed couple that relocates to the husband's hometown, and the completely natural series of events that take place as the wife, Meris, tries to fit in with his town, his old friends, and his past.

THINGS I LIKED:
- Katie O'Grady as Meris. Ms. O'Grady is completely believable as the socially withdrawn (think Laura Wingfield), devoted, gentle-spirited young wife who is trapped and unraveled by the powerful social forces that dissolve her marriage and her dreams. Meris's plight is so complete and inescapable that, as so often happens to those in similar predicaments, she haplessly contributes to the damage. In an extremely demanding character study that requires a wildly varied palette of emotional expression -- timidity, jealousy, anguish, rage, vacuity, antipathy, and redemption, Ms. O'Grady delivers a tour de force. This exceptional actor does not even have an entry in Wikipedia; on her personal website she even offers private and group acting lessons to children. This from a breathtaking talent who should have won an Oscar.

- The rapid-pace editing and extreme close-up shots, far from gimmicky, instead represent Meris's emotionally fragmented state of mind and tendency to fixate on worrisome details.

- The much-discussed and shocking assault scene in the supermarket is perfectly symbolic retribution for the fertile, fruitful, domestic future with Mitch that Meris was robbed of

- Meris' sweaty and sallow makeup and the tense and paranoid lighting in the scenes where she is interacting with Mitch's terrifying "L.L. Bean" crew. Is it how they see her? Or is it how Meris thinks they see her?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donna from Oregon on April 21, 2012
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Really liked the quirky Meris who came full circle to discover what really makes life full. It never is what we think it is when we are young and add in the mix of grunge friends who truly care and life spins for awhile. I watched it twice and see something different every time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Minas on July 25, 2013
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As I said, VERY INDEPENDENT and done right. I became a fan of this movie from the first scene. This will be one of the few that I will never argue with people if they tell me they didn't like it. I will understand because something like this can only be understood by a few. Then there is that thin line of "dead behind the eyes" group of people that just don't care. It happens. A very charming actress with an inviting view on a woman trying to understand herself and find out who she is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna Smith on March 4, 2013
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Rid of Me is a wonderful movie about a woman who is treated very badly, and starts over again...
I love the scenes in the candy shop- and the community garden :) :) The interactions with others
and her journey is really inspiring. It's an independent film so the music is unique and not something you
would hear every day.

There was only one scene that I did not like- as it was kind of gross... but I'll let you be the judge :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Triol on January 10, 2013
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Though it takes a few aspects of life to the edges of the extreme, there is something in the main character's plight that is not altogether unlike the woes of others who find their partner to be a much different person in the presence of the crowd they ran with prior to meeting you and leaving your physical surroundings. Once dumped, there is pleasure to having no anchors in one's life and figuring things out moment to moment. She seemed to have suppressed her true self just as much as he did, and only truly shines when she's in the company of quirkier personalities - speaking of which........excellent second tier characters galore. The mute Alex from Everclear is a little distracting and misplaced, but as an ode to my home state, I enjoyed the movie very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. bell on September 18, 2012
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This is my new "favorite" movie, loved it from beginning to end. Good music, loved he characters and kept thinking isn't he from Everclear?? Katie O'Grady really made the movie for me as did all of players. Type about painfully quirky!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fi on March 5, 2014
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Loved this movie. It was hysterical, but also horribly sad.
Half the movie you sit there getting more and more upset about the things that are happening.
If you are unlucky you have a few if not all of the terrible characters for neighbors, and you just wish they would watch this.
However... since they won't, at least you have this wonderful movie to let off all the stress about suburbia.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone, but mostly to anyone who has ever felt out of place and socially awkward. It's truly amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on July 1, 2013
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After courting and marrying in a different state a newlywed couple moves to the husband's hometown. For the young woman named Meris (rhymes with Paris), well played by Katie O'Grady, the icy reception from her spouse's old friends is the beginning of her troubles in the salty 2011 slice of life film RID OF ME. So bitter is the treatment from the townies and, then, the husband, to which Meris is subjected, it takes nothing less than a job in a sweets shop to temper the experience.

The sweets shop is symbolic, of course, as no candy store saves the day in the movies.

RID OF ME holds your attention as a done-me-wrong yarn but, just as striking, the husband and especially Meris prove malleable to the company they keep. A friend turns against you because of peer pressure, or you're the one to ditch an acquaintance to please those in a cooler crowd. In RID OF ME, Meris is both victim and perpetrator of such social climbing and, further, adapts the attitude and life-style of a new gang with whom she runs after her husband's crowd freezes her out. The opening moments of RID OF ME, which could easily make you think you're viewing some fast-edit art film, preview this.

Finally, if, like me, Theresa Russell electrified you 25 years ago in movies such as BLACK WIDOW and IMPULSE, once again she is high-charged in RID OF ME in her too-small role as the aloof mother of Meris's romantic rival.
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