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Em & Me
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Total festival punishment."
1 stars

Palindromically titled mawkish mess, an offensively bad riff on The Straight Story, sees a loony old man (he eats and is a Fruit Loop) trek several states to visit the grave of his wife after overhearing his married-with-children daughter was to put him in a home.

Along the way he meets an odd assortment of characters (a college freshman who lives under his father’s thumb; a liquor store-robbing duo out to fund their in-vitro fertilization; a gay mechanic — not too subtly taking care of the minority department as he is the only character who is black, etc.), dispensing would-be wisdom, inspiration and magic to all those he passes by. The movie fancies itself as enchanted and magical while at all times trying to attain a foot in realism, but the only place its foot is stuck — along with the rest of it — is in the grave. Nothing about this poorly amateur joke of a student film is realistic, from the ridiculous and melodramatic performances, the laughably bad dialogue (Alan Young to the mechanic’s boyfriend: “Your eyes dance when you talk about Lance”), to the coincidences in plot and lack of development of the characters, und so weiter. The most surprising thing about the movie is the professional quality of the filming, but its shot without a photographer’s eye, limping along and nondescriptly filming faces in the dullest manner TV shows go about it. I would be hard pressed to come up with a punishment — in or out of a festival — much worse than sitting through this. And if you ever wondered what had happened to Danielle Harris (now blandly a poor girl’s version of Thora Birch and Lacey Chabert), look no farther, and question no more. Some things are better left forgotten to figments of memory.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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User Comments

12/05/08 Shaun Wallner Great Film! 5 stars
9/08/05 Tracy Miller Total Crap...I agree with Greg 1 stars
2/18/04 Rae Lynne Stewart-Apperson I love it and think the director did a fabulous job! It's hillarious. 5 stars
2/03/04 CWiggins EM & ME has got to be one of the best feel good movies I've seen in a long time. 5 stars
1/31/04 Omar You're wrong. You can't even get the director's name right. Get another hobby! 5 stars
1/31/04 carol ochocki fun movie very intertaining. 5 stars
1/30/04 Bobbie Flores This is a great movie. We need more like this one. 5 stars
1/30/04 Sue Dailey This sweet movie is refreshing and delightful. A throwback to the great movies of the 40s. 5 stars
1/30/04 Michael M. Funny, Witty, and a positive film that every family will enjoy. 5 stars
1/30/04 Mark Bauserman A touching heartwarming film not to be missed 5 stars
1/29/04 Andy Driver Totally Brilliant....The Best writing and direction 5 stars
1/29/04 doug tomasini Funny, heartwarming, would be a great spinoff for a sitcom. Mary Mara was inspiring! 5 stars
1/29/04 Bill Griffith This is a wonderful story that hits all of the emotions. 5 stars
1/29/04 tory strellner warm & witty. found the film beautifully directed & acted. 5 thumbs up! heartwarming story. 5 stars
1/29/04 Joan Freeman Wonderfully warm; a must see for all ages! 5 stars
1/29/04 Marie Houle This is the kind of movie most Americans are looking for - sincere, warm & funny !!! 4 stars
1/29/04 Anne I loved it!!!! It was sweet and smart. 5 stars
1/29/04 Roger Mara I thought this was a sweet, delightful film. It deals well with the decline of a parent. 5 stars
1/29/04 dana christie if reviewing film is your gig, try getting the directors name right first, than pop off! 5 stars
1/29/04 kirk znider saw this film at the SD film festival and loved every minutine of it, great characters. 5 stars
1/29/04 A.E. Murphy It's a charming film! A refreshing change from the formulaic fare out there. 4 stars
1/29/04 david Downing Saw it and loved it 5 stars
1/29/04 Jan Very touching story 5 stars
1/29/04 Mike Giometti Very touching. When is this hitting the theaters? 4 stars
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