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Imagine Me And You
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Rachel is a blushing bride whose perfect nuptials take a surprising turn at the altar. An innocent glance between Rachel and an unexpected wedding guest is all it takes to spark a 'love at first sight' romance with a surprising twist - the object of Rachel's affection is a smart and sensuous... woman!
- Commentary by director/writer Ol Parker
- Deleted and extended scenes with director's commentary
- Q&A with director and cast
- Personal statement by director Ol Parker
- Features both widescreen and full-screen versions
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It’s not a coming out movie, it’s a movie about someone falling for someone else during her wedding. There’s a realistic emphasis/conversation about cheating, but in a positive way with characters who support one another through the process. No, they’re not rooting for one another, but this isn’t a movie that is about lesbians being lesbians and the coming out process, etc. It’s about two people who fall in love a little late.
It’s funny that I’ve read some reviews about the movie being implausible. However, it’s not so much the plot that I would focus on in that regards. The small little thoughts, tiny day dreams about someone else, the warmth that you feel when you see them, or the desire to just be around them. Those are the little moments in the movie that stands out to me and remind me a lot of young love. It’s in those moments, which I feel are well portrayed, that makes this movie one of my all time favorites in a very short span of having seen it. I can finally watch something on the screen that is the most plausible to my own experiences in that regards.
Those that state this is not a lesbian film make me wonder what they would consider a lesbian film. Would there have to be steamy scenes of the women naked in bed? Would the situations and appearances of the women have to be stereotypical? Would the women have to be faced with internal, familial, and/or societal homophobia? Keep in mind that this is a romantic comedy, not meant to explore complex dramatic issues such as in The Kids Are All Right.
For me, what makes this a lesbian film, first, is that a main character (Luce) identifies herself as a lesbian and the other female lead (Rachel) clearly has a strong emotional, romantic attraction to Luce unlike any we see to her husband, even at their wedding. (During her toast she explains she married Hec because it's always been smooth sailing for them and he is her best friend.) Further, during the credits at the end of the movie, we see Rachel in what appears to be a comfortable and settled relationship with Luce.
Secondly, the chemistry that builds between Luce and Rachel is clearly based on interactions between two women. The scene that most clearly illustrates this is when they go dancing at an arcade, a scene that is girlishly playful, flirty, and downright sexy. Likewise, the conflicts and dilemmas they face in pursuing a relationship when one is already committed are shown from distinctly female points of view. Not that men don't suffer guilt in romantic comedies, but they get over it far more quickly.
Overall, I don't see the need to view this movie as a universal love story OR a lesbian love story. It's both. Still, while labels can be confining, they can be useful. One reason we watch movies is to see reflections of our own lives, to see that we are not invisible to the world. If a label tips off to a community that here is a film you might relate to intimately, then the label has been valuable. While I dearly love the romantic comedies featuring straight couples from the 1930's up to the present, "Imagine Me and You" holds a special place. It says a story from the perspective of my kind is also worth being told.