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All the Real Girls

3.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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Zooey Deschanel (The Good Girl, Almost Famous), Paul Schneider (George Washington) and Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven, The Green Mile, High Art) star in one of the most refreshing, compelling andoriginal love stories of the year. In a sleepy little mill town in North Carolina, Paul (Schneider)is the town Romeo. But when his best friend's sister returns home from boarding school, he finds himself falling for her innocent charm. In spite of her lack of experience and the violent protests ofher brother, the two find themselves in a sweet, dreamy and all-consuming love. "One of the few films to honestly nail the awkwardness and ardor of young romance." - Megan Lehmann, THE NEW YORK POST.


You'd think moviemakers would have run out of new ways of capturing the trials and joys of young love--but director David Gordon Green finds a fresh take in All the Real Girls, a bittersweet small-town romance. By leaving out the usual humdrum exposition of a courtship story, Green cuts right to the little moments that form the high and low points of a budding relationship. It's an impressionistic style aided by the wonderfully spontaneous and unpredictable acting of Paul Schneider (who also co-scripted) and Zooey Deschanel--who look like they're improvising, even though they're not. As in Green's excellent debut feature George Washington, a small town serves as an atmospheric backdrop--this place looks a couple of decades shy of the 21st century. The mosaic approach makes the film play like a collection of memories, someone's first love recalled with fondness and just a bit of regret. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • "Improv and Ensemble: The Evolution of a Film"
  • Deleted scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Shea Whigham, Danny McBride, Patricia Clarkson, Paul Schneider, Benjamin Mouton
  • Directors: David Green
  • Producers: Lisa Muskat, Jean Doumanian
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009ZPTY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All the Real Girls" on IMDb

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"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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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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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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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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