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Worth A Look: 40.38%
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Me and You and Everyone We Know
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by William Goss

"Ordinary People"
4 stars

While not nearly as profound as it intends to be, 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' gives viewers a charming peak into suburban life, both on the surface and beneath it.

Writer/director July's debut feature, in which a performance artist (July herself) bonds with an eccentric shoe salesman (John Hawkes), was a film festival favorite, thanks to its eccentric charm and disarming take on the connections people share. Many debut features tend to go the quirky route with their characters, concerned entirely with how to win over the audience. Every person in Me and You feels natural in their environment, though strange situations arise.

For instance, the shoe salesman has two sons. They both stumble into the world of sex with pure intentions. The younger child interacts with a sex chat, constantly promoting the idea of the pair sharing fecal functions, not because it's a turn-on, but because he grasps the basic idea of human connection in that situation. The older son, however, is orally pleasured by two sexually promiscuous teenage girls because they want to find out which of the two is better at it. This action is prompted by their middle-aged neighbor conveying to them in signs what he would do to them if they were of legal age (if he did it verbally, there would be trouble).

These scenes are mildly unnerving, but July takes an innocent stance, not a naive one, and thus several inappropriate events take on a more human tone than they would in most other films. Filmmaker Todd Solondz often creates cringe-inducing and thought-provoking movies which address suburban decay; this is as close to diet Solondz as one can get. Though the film itself is satisfyingly off-kilter, certain moments make the film a little uneven. The best example of this is the dialogue. When the film works, people are addressing their problems naturally, in everyday words. However, there are times when July's characters tend to speak as eloquently as she would like them, but it comes across as a forced stab at something profound.

Thankfully, it is, by no means, an unoriginal film. While there are ups and downs to it, the overall effect of 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' makes for an interesting look into an imperfect, but hopeful, world.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2005 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Independent Film Festival of Boston. For more in the 2005 Independent Film Festival of Boston series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 CineVegas Film Festival For more in the 2005 CineVegas Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Atlanta Film Festival For more in the 2005 Atlanta Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Brisbane Film Festival. For more in the 2005 Brisbane Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

1/27/09 Drew A great mvoie 5 stars
8/17/06 Mary Beth enjoyable but forgettable 4 stars
11/21/05 Indrid Cold A series of bizarre interpersonal encounters = a brilliant movie? ummmm, afraid not 3 stars
11/04/05 Phil M. Aficionado It tries too hard and comes out awkward, edgy, quirky; fractured look at life 2 stars
10/12/05 Elizabeth S Extremely disappointing. 2 stars
9/03/05 jcjs awesome, clever, real, touching, outstanding, phenominal, European maturity, wow 5 stars
7/25/05 Allen Price I found this to be a very awkward movie about 2 very awkward people. While we all feel awk 2 stars
7/18/05 ModelCitizen a bizarre, at times hilarious, and always a very human film 4 stars
7/15/05 gerald berke Ms. July is a trustworthy artist. 5 stars
7/06/05 nina i have to seeeee this 5 stars
6/21/05 iyipo total crap 1 stars
6/19/05 Jhan Stevens An intriguing film--you never know what will happen next with the cast of quirky characters 5 stars
3/23/05 dorinda Best movie ever! 5 stars
2/07/05 Todahe Very unique and well done 4 stars
1/28/05 Sherri Comical yet extremely moving 5 stars
1/27/05 Joanie Pretentious and vapid 3 stars
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USA
  17-Jun-2005 (R)
  DVD: 11-Oct-2005

UK
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Australia
  27-Oct-2005


Directed by
  Miranda July

Written by
  Miranda July

Cast
  John Hawkes
  Ellen Geer
  Brad Henke
  Jordan Potter
  Brandon Ratcliff
  Miranda July



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