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XX/XY (2002)

Mark Ruffalo , Kathleen Robertson , Austin Chick  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Robertson, Maya Stange, Kel O'Neill, Ben Tolpin
  • Directors: Austin Chick
  • Writers: Austin Chick
  • Producers: Aimee Schoof, Allen Bain, Isen Robbins, Jesse Scolaro, John MacNeil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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They gave in to their deepest desires, but can they overcome their biggest fears? Mark Ruffalo (Windtalkers), Kathleen Robertson ("Girls Club") and Maya Stange (Garage Days) deliver stunning performances in this steamy, highly charged film that explores the passions of youth and theirinevitable price. When New York animator Coles (Ruffalo) meets Sam (Stange), the attraction is immediate. And when Sam invites her hot friend Thea (Robertson) to bed with them, it's a dreamcome true until ugly secrets destroy the carefree threesome. Ten years later, their very different lives converge again and Coles realizes how much he still loves Sam. But can he risk everything to tell her the naked truth?

A sharply acted film that manages to be both sexy and thoughtful, XX/XY asks uncomfortable questions about the tricky business of passion. The opening half-hour details an immature college relationship between Mark Ruffalo and Maya Stange; cut to 10 years later, when the two meet again as "grown-ups" and have no idea what to do with their old feelings. Director Austin Chick bravely allows his characters to be messed-up and uncertain, and the actors respond with complex performances: Ruffalo confirms the promise of his You Can Count on Me breakthrough, Stange is a heartbreaking Australian discovery, and Petra Wright shines as Ruffalo's new girlfriend, who has more to her than we first suspect. This film was somewhat lost in the shuffle of 2002's indie releases, but it deserves a look for its clear-eyed embrace of all the gray areas that often get left out of movies. --Robert Horton

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Ruffalo showpiece October 26, 2004
This film is worth having in one's collection if you happen to like quirky independent films and appreciate acting performances that are worth watching more than once. Make no mistake, this film is Mark Ruffalo's showcase for the brilliant actor that he is. He is absolutely perfect in this film, as a man in a serious relationship that hasn't gotten to the engagement step quite yet, and whose life is thrown for a loop by an accidental encounter with a former flame he knew a decade ago. His facial expressions alone, in attempting to hide his duplicitous nature, marks him as an actor to watch out for. The best scene I've ever seen in any film is the bathroom sequence, when Mark and his girlfriend are brushing their teeth and discussing his friends they had just met for dinner earlier. The playfulness and the visual tricks in that scene really enhanced this film for me. The songs used in the film (though a couple of them are not on the soundtrack) are also an added plus for the film...especially the karaoke scene with "Don't You Want Me" by the Human League. The characters are real to me, the same generation as me, so I feel like they could possibly be people I know. I love seeing how Mark's character gets his comeuppance by his girlfriend, who suspects something going on and calls him on it, even though he tries to deny or hide his interest in his former flame. The acting by the cast is first rate. The reason why I give it four stars instead of five is because I did not like the first part of the film when the characters were in their 20s. I almost gave up on the film, but am glad I stuck with it, because once it focuses on them at 30, the film is flawless to the very end. I expect Mark Ruffalo to become one of the best actors of our generation and I look forward to seeing his other work in the near future.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Redefining Healthy August 14, 2004
"There is no honesty in a healthy relationship." Director Chick seems to sum up his film nicely with this poignantly tragic statement. This movie comprises many themes, but the dominant one I see centers around the contradictions that we humans practice daily in our lives, as individuals and as a race. It is not that hard to visualize the life that we want, but to take action requires real courage, and Chick depicts vividly how little courage we do have. The main character is Coles, played beautifully by Ruffalo, who portrays discomfort, guilt, and fear perfectly. In the beginning of his relationship with Sammy they both claim that they want honesty and no games, and they do just the opposite. Ten years later Coles is much the same. He is the romantic waiting for externalities to change his life, to force him into decisions that may or may not be what he wants. He loves two women but lacks the courage to make a stand for either. They make it for him, which is sad, because I think his character is doomed to simply repeat himself. At first I believed that it was the women in this film who were the strong ones, but even Sammy and Claire lack the courage to claim themselves completely. They need someone to rescue or someone to rescue them. Claire catches Coles with Sammy, and she silently walks away, giving him the chance to make a choice, and he of course does not. Sammy makes a different choice all together. Only Thea seems to come full circle after ten years. She knows who she is, and she makes no apologies for it. She grew up, and she doesn't take sides and brings some much needed honesty and insight to her friends. This movie is about the life we want and the life we settle for. It makes you think, and that's a good thing. And if it makes you take action, well then, that's a great thing. There is honesty in a healthy relationship, but we have to define healthy for ourselves. No one can do it for us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting character study May 14, 2003
An intriguing premise and a great cast are the high point of XX/XY. Unfortunately, neither the story nor the cast manages to reach their full potential, and a lot of what could have been is quickly lost. Despite its flaws, however, XX/XY still manages to entertain. It's a light and fluffy attempt at serious drama, bogged down by numerous scenes of our love triangle engaging in a threesome. Overall, it manages to succeed.
Kathleen Robertson gives her usual performance (playing a similar character she portrayed in another film about a threesome, Greg Arakki's far superior SPLENDOR) but she's pretty darn good. There is definitely something about her that manages to brighten up a scene. She has such charisma and a charming personality, but unfortunately, her character is lost underneath the drama of the other two in love. I would have loved to have seen more done with her character.
Mark Ruffallo is Coles, a former director with only one film to his credit, who is now a commercial artist. Maya Stange is Sam, the woman in the threesome he ultimately falls for. The three form an inseparable social group, doomed perhaps by their omnipresent sexual tension. Of course, things don't go as planned and their relationship quickly spirals out of control until its destruction.
But 10 years later, with Coles now engaged, a chance encounter with Sam ignites old feelings and changes everything.
XX/XY is that rare film where we grow to genuinely care about the characters. Their romantic troubles are portrayed with a refreshing, open honesty missing from most Hollywood films. The incisive acting of Ruffalo, Robertson and Stange convincingly makes the point that these still-young males and females are just as stunted and confused as the rest of us.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It looks like a postage stamp in the middle of my screen
Another pillarbox piece of trash. I absolutely refuse to watch a movie that only fills up a small part of my screen. The person who mastered this needs to lose their job. Read more
Published 8 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, with the underbelly of love exposed.
A very interesting study in first love, love lost, and choices people need to make; decide whether or not to love someone, no matter what. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by John Staggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Most of us have seen it real life.
Very blatant and honest view of relationships. I loved it. Could make an excellent date movie. It inspires great conversation.
Published 4 months ago by Karim Austin
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Watch it
I got amazon prime like 5 years ago for this movie and it didn't work and it was frustrating and I rated this way becuase I just had to give up and go watch something else.
Published 8 months ago by JayDog
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and serious all wrapped into one
It was nice to see the ins and outs as well as the ups and downs of relationships that the film maker put into the movie
Published 12 months ago by Michael A Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame-O
Who makes this stupid stuff and how does it get to market? What a waste of time and money. They shuld rename this crap to ZZZZZZZZ.
Published 12 months ago by DragonG
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie
I bought this because I like Mark Ruffalo as an actor, and was interested in seeing some of his other work. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeannette N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Ruffalo fan
I liked the movie and the subject matter. Love the story line behind it and the ending - reality :S
Published 19 months ago by hixson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
XX/XY reminded me of my own experiences so made me uncomfortable, but on the other hand I enjoyed every minute. Read more
Published on March 14, 2011 by Burt Lee Liberty
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