Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Me and You and Everyone We Know (***1/2)

An unusual and somewhat brilliant little quirkfest. There are moments in this film that are so funny and so well-constructed that you can't help but be taken in. Give writer/director/star Miranda July credit: she set out to make a movie that interested her and that she thought was funny. That kind of commitment to a unique vision is rare these days. I laughed hard and often during the movie, especially during the movie's standout scene involving two kids in an Internet chat room. It's a scene that tops a similar one between Clive Owen and Jude Law in Closer. Miranda July is a performance artist in real life and it shows. Much of the movie is just a bunch of weird, somewhat disconnected yet funny ideas thrown against a wall to see which ones stick. It doesn't add up to a completely satisfying whole, but you won't forget this movie anytime soon.


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