Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Sometimes it just seems that some movies try to hard to be profound. That was the feeling I got when I watched Me and You and Everyone You Know. It's frustrating in a way, because there were parts of the film that I really enjoyed. And there were definitely characters that I enjoyed.

I saw someone mention that towards the beginning of the film when we follow Miranda July following a car with a goldfish on it's hood, it is reminiscent of silent comedies. I hadn't thought of that before, but it is probably true. Yet, even the dialogue associated with that scene I liked. I loved the scene when she tries to pick up the shoe salesman as they walk down the street and play it out like the walk is their whole relationship. I really, really enjoyed her character overall. I enjoyed the character of the shoe salesman as well. I didn't really care for so much when the film drifted from those two. The childrens stories seemed a bit odd, unbelievable, and very much undeveloped. Stories that branch off the children's stories are I guess meant to be antecdotal yet part of a larger whole and it just didn't work for me.

I admittedly had a bad attitude about this film, as I have mentioned before it just seems too many "indie" films of the past few years are covering the same emotional territory. Yes, you are slightly different from those in the mainstream. Yes, you feel the same lonliness though, and the same need for love that everyone else feels. If only you could find that person that is the same. Luckily for you, they exist by the thousands in the indie film world.

I've read over and over that this film shows people searching for a connection, that its uplifting, that its a commentary on technology and our society. It may be all of these things. It just seems to me that it's all been done before, better, and truer. I did like parts of this movie though, I did think it was excellent to look at. I will keep an eye on what Miranda July does in the future as I did like her performance. I just think that perhaps the story could have been better presented as a short and it overreached it's bounds here.


Jim said...

This was one of the last movies that we saw at Castleton Arts. We weren't really sure what to make of it. As you point out, it really was a mixed bag. However, I found the forays into the kids' lives (bizarre though they were) more engaging than the scenes that focused on July's character and her budding romance.

scot said...

For whatever reason, the kids lives just didn't connexct with me. Maybe I am just a prude and didn't like the oversexed neature of their stories. I really don't know how else to explain it.

I miss Castleton Arts. While the new arts ultra-mega plex is nice is enough, when it has DaVinci Code on three screens opening weekend, it sorta loses a bit of charm.

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