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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
I realize this isn't for everyone but I have to say I'm amazed by the reviews going on about the sub plot with the 6 year old b if you think that was about sex you are being rather dense. It's about a kid trying on adult behavior in the modern world without really understanding what that behavior is. And it parallels the neighbor girl who's building a dowry of household goods - she's doing the same thing. Any sexualization of the kid is happening in your head, irate viewers.
There are plenty of situations and dialogue in the movie that is completely unbelievable. There are also nearly too many characters and subplots.
But, there is a central message that makes this a cohesive work, and she alludes to it toward the end of the movie. I'm not sure I agree with what she's saying, but thankfully, unlike some of her early music, the point is discernible. Also, she does a fantastic job of developing the characters, each with their own peculiarities.
Good movie if you're into indie flicks. If you're a summer blockbuster kind of person, this is not your movie.
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easily one of the most annoying and pretentious movies of all time. perhaps i wouldn't hate this movie so much if people i know, most of whom *seem* to be smart in other respects,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by dan k.
This film is a piece of poop that you can pass back and forth, forever, between yourself and people you dislike. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Timothy P. LaVassar
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 morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Edwin Caudill
Quirky movie. The story was fun and unexpected while maintaining its dramatic elements. Some excellent one liners and off-color topicsPublished on January 24, 2014 by Meg
Me and you has no unifying plot. It is something of an art film, and we would suggest giving it a pass. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Linda Tebben
Performance art without a spark of wit or grace.
Verbal and physical sexual acting out acted out by young people. Read more
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 on October 2, 2013 by JACK CASPAR
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 morePublished on September 1, 2013 by M. McDonald
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