Peter and Vandy
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The primary selling point of "Peter and Vandy" has got to be its lead, Jason Ritter. Paired with Jess Weixler, Ritter's Peter exemplifies the modern "man child" and his struggle to take hold of responsibility and commitment. Ritter is a terrifically appealing actor and is oftentimes more interesting than the material he appears in. And while I liked Weixler, she does come across a bit flat in comparison. Anyone who has been in a relationship will be able to identify with key scenes in "Peter and Vandy," and yet the unpredictable nature of what brings people together and tears them apart never really seemed very unpredictable.
Okay, I lied. I'm going to mention "(500) Days of Summer" again. I know that some people were put off by its quirky effects and visual tomfoolery (which, of course, I loved). If, however, you were intrigued by its narrative structure and want to see something similar but without all these bells and whistles, then "Peter and Vandy" would be an ideal choice! Liked Ritter and thought the film was pleasant--entertaining in the now, I'm afraid I won't remember much about "Peter and Vandy" in a few months. KGHarris, 1/11.
One couple's stormy relationship is examined out of chronological order in this drama written and directed by Jay DiPietro, adapted from his play. Peter (Jason Ritter) and Vandy (Jess Weixler) meet when both are college students; they fall in love and live together for a while, but on a certain fundamental level they're never fully comfortable with one another, and eventually they go their separate ways. But rather than tell their story from beginning to end, Peter and Vandy jumps back and forth in time, with the couple midway through their romance before we've seen their first date. DiPietro allows us to see how the flaws in their relationship -- Peter's discomfort around Vandy and their habit of bickering about petty things -- were present at the beginning, lurking around the corner even in their happiest moments.
Peter and Vandy are 20-ish, attractive, middle class white kids who live and work in New York City. I guess Peter is an architect and Vandy works in a gallery; I got that from the Amazon review. They live in a hip apartment and talk about things like whether to go out to eat or order in, and if so, should it be Thai, Chinese or VietNamese. Peter makes a joke that some dish in the Vietnamese restaurant tastes like vagina and this promotes hysterical laughter when they actually get there. If this kind of thing appeals to you then you'll love this film. If not, well maybe not bother.
The actors are fine. He is a fresh-faced looking guy who has a lot of innocent naturalness that makes him likable. She looks a lot like Kate Winslett but is even more beautiful, but unfortunately doesn't act that well.
I think that whether or not you'll like this film depends on how entranced you are by young, middle class New Yorkers saying cute things. Or sort of cute things.
The director or editor must have realized this was unwatchable and decided to mix the scenes all up like they are a collection of memories with no chronological order so the view must endure the whole thing and towards the end we see the basis of the whole thing. Swearing. Avoid this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was really surprised by this movie. I didn't have high expectations but it drew me in. The characters and relationship dilemmas seemed very authentic to me and the two leads... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jen in Bay Area Peninsula
I absolutely loved this movie! The characters are amazing and they had great chemistry. Jason Ritter and Jess Weixler are perfection. Such a lovely gem of a movie. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Laura
In my humble opinion, Peter & Vandy was worth about a star and a half. First, it was listed in the wrong category - otherwise, we never would have selected it. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by vjnnc
It's a fine movie and Jason Ritter is sweet but I don't get the LGBT connection. Perhaps Amazon needs to review its movie classification.Published on January 25, 2014 by shannon
good acting of the main characters..mimics a lot of what happens in relationships, but the back and forth flow of the film annoyingPublished on January 9, 2014 by NLOLLI
Just when you expect directors and producers to sidle up to the bar and slap down something new and different, you get -- well you know -- more of the same. Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Marv Carnes
The fact that it's not chronological was what made it interesting. It would have been really boring had it been shot straight through. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Fritzie
I really appreciate how this story is written with the flash backs and present time. It is not confusing- you are able to follow.Published on March 14, 2013 by Maureen Garrelts
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