Me and You and Everyone We Know

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  • File a complaint with the makers of this movie. It's child exploitation.

    I certainly don't understand why the critics gave such glowing reviews since I certainly did not even see a hint of a storyline forming. (Granted, I could only stomach, at most, 15 minutes of it, but it normally doesn't take that long to get a solid story off the ground.) Not only that, but the characters weren't even mildly engaging and all had sort of a creepy "dead look" in their eyes. The only thing I saw was a pathetic excuse for a bunch of sex-obsessed perverted whack jobs to make a movie and try to pass it off as "deep, intellectual, quirky social commentary." I really don't know who is worse: the people who made this piece of garbage, the parents who allowed their children to act in this piece of garbage, the critics who raved over this piece of garbage, or the people who gave this piece of garbage awards that should be reserved for truly artistic, meaningful, and positive endeavors.

    Now, as far as I'm concerned, this movie exploits the children in it and I believe we still currently have laws banning that practice (whether or not those laws are upheld is another question.) It promotes pedophilia, irresponsible teenage sexual activity, and general disrespect for oneself and for others. If I thought that the filmmakers were trying to make a point to bring awareness to these current societal plights, that would be one thing, but it certainly doesn't seem that they are. The film uses this material for shock value in the name or art, and in some sense, it's an attempt to "normalize" this putrid behavior by claiming that these thoughts and actions are just a common bonding element that exists in everyone or, more specifically, "Me and You and Everyone We Know."

    Now, I'm not going to blame this movie for all modern-day social ills, but I will say this: the fact that there was no public outrage at this movie and the fact that it is still available in the U.S. for rental and purchase speaks volumes about the current mentality of our society. I even tried to poke around for some reviews that could have prevented me from viewing this atrocity, and although negative ones existed, it took me nearly an hour to find as they were buried beneath a ton of contradictory responses that seemed to be nothing more than shots aimed at the reviewer's "puritanical attitude" rather than an honest assessment of the content of the movie.

    If you can honestly say you liked this movie, saw nothing wrong with it, and would recommend it to others, than you need some serious therapy....more info
  • a good reminder that life doesn't have to be painful
    Me And You And Everyone We Know provides a touching look at how difficult it can be for people trying to form meaningful relationships with others--especially in these times. Although the movie just didn't quite come off as powerfully as I hoped it would, it still is well worth seeing. The acting is rather convincing and the cinematography shines. The plot moves along at a good pace without the story becoming boring. This is a type of human interest story that will strike emotional chords in many people.

    When the action starts we witness Richard Swersey (John Hawkes) separating from his wife of several years. Although they decide to share custody of their two young boys Robby (Brandon Ratcliff) and Peter (Miles Thompson), we see the two children spending time mostly at their father's place and in school. Richard works as a shoe salesman in a retail department store; and although we slowly meet some of his neighbors the focus remains on Richard, his two young boys--and a young woman infatuated with him named Christine Jesperson (Miranda July). Christine means well; but she is so pathetically lonely that she cannot help but practically stalk Richard wherever he goes--one time even inviting herself into his car with him driving! Richard doesn't know her and wants to progress much more tentatively; and Christine feels great emotional pain over that. She works as a driver for a nursing home but understandably she wants a man she can love and respect in her life.

    All sorts of miniature story lines pop up as the movie progresses, each one being something of a brief vignette about the many different ways people can "connect" with one another. Some of these ways are healthier than others; but they all happen in real life.

    Will Richard eventually let Christine into his life or will he still want his space? After all, he burned his hand intentionally when he was upset over separating with his wife--can he handle a new woman so soon after his break-up? What about his coworker who likes to spend romantic time alone with women much younger than he is--what happens to him? And what happens when Christine submits a tape of her work to have it exhibited at an art museum--will they like her art and display it? Watch the movie and find out!

    The DVD comes with a few deleted scenes; that's about it unless you count "previews" as a bonus feature. I was disappointed by this but the film is strong enough so that it's nothing too major.

    Overall, Me And You And Everyone We Know isn't the very best film about humans reaching out to each other; but it did touch me and it made its point well nonetheless. I recommend this film for people interested in movies about human relationships and love stories that aren't exactly following a conventional "romantic comedy" formula.
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  • What a rip off!
    I really wander sometimes how far off some have to be to see anything good in a movie like this one. Even more when they suggest that it will be about meaningfulness... This is the kind of movie that comes from someone that when to school for to long and got cut up in the Art theory without any connection to anything touching or moving. To top it off, what a shame, to involve many children in it and give them very low script to say. For example, pooh in my but and I'll pooh in yours and then I'll pooh it back in yours, always the same pooh forever. Wow, and all the other children involve will show this movie to there friends.

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  • Quirky means... yicky, yucky, quacky
    It's time to get quirky-- that means getting sentimental; that means getting melodramatic; that means being frustrating, and self-absorbed, and self-important. That means being quacky, and yicky and yucky. Watching these characters make them endearing, but if you actually knew them they would make you nauseous. This, my friends, is the face of independent cinema. Too afraid to make a real point, dancing around, and masking themselves in a stylized form of b.s. We've seen it with Juno, and Thumbsucker, and Michael Ceras and all of these tear-jerking jackasses. This is what an award-winning film means today, and the fact that it was picked up by MGM, and that Juno was a big hit, means that it's infiltrating commercial films as well.

    This film isn't all b.s., though. Yes, we are so alone in this world and no one is on the right page and wouldn't it be great to walk down a block with a girl and talk to her about relationships in this metaphoric sense and feel your hearts dance around the subject of becoming a couple. It's nice, don't get me wrong. I actually like that part. And I also like the sensationalized sex scene between the preteen boy and the two young girls. Honestly, it's original and it's a new twist and it's good. The signs from the older man, well, that doesn't really work in real life. And the girls coming to his house and him ducking down, well, in the real world-- remember that-- he would have had his way with them.

    But reality isn't always that important in movies. Because it's hyper-realistic and it represents reality and makes us think about things like how alone this older guy is, and well, he's not that bad because he just needs love-- this sentiment would not be felt by people in the real world, mind you. But it works in the movies.

    How does this one end? NOT A SPOILER, don't worry if you haven't seen it. It ends like those other independents. Like Juno and that heart-warming song at the end... yes, I liked that, too, but it really doesn't say too much. It ends like that American Beauty scene in the middle with that bag blowing in the wind-- that seems deep and meaningful when you first see it, but after repeated viewings (and I love
    American Beauty) you can't help but feeling duped for having gotten suckered into feeling goosebumps from it.

    How do these films work on you? It's those musical interludes, of course. Or, should I call them filler? They work, yes, but they can save the most insipid scenes and make them seem deep, and sometimes films like these make the music their bread and butter. There was a time when the movies that stunk had great music to save it, but not these days. The music is simple, synthesized, with a few notes being played with varying pitches and fades. They work for the movies, but musically speaking, they're not that good when they're self-contained.

    I like these movies, when they have a real point. American Beauty had a point even if it contained some of these pretentious attributes. It had a grand message of what life is about... even if the subject matter was trite, its presentation was original. That's what independent films crave... originality. And that's where quirkiness comes in; nobody knows how to be original without being quirky, and because every road has been so well-trodden, there seems to be no other way to express yourself. I have a bit of a quirky personality myself, but I'm not as sulky, and under-enthused and weird and spontaneous as these folk. There are people out there who try to emulate these personalities, but let me warn you now if you do: you will, at some point, be punched in the face. Not everybody is keyed-in to your close-up in your imaginary self-absorbed, self-important fantasy film-world, mind you.

    These films are about things. There is no real story or point. They have good scenes, though; and original moments, like the goldfish in a bag of water on top of a car and his last moments of life on earth. Or like the sulky girl who cries for thinking the shoe salesman cute weird guy-- like "her kind of weird"-- is getting back together with his wife. These parts make you kinda squirm but they also make you open your heart for these vulnerable characterized characters. So, I'm not saying I don't kind of like it. They leave you feeling: "... Aaaah. Yuck. Hmmm... That's interesting. Hmmm... I didn't get the part, actually... Hey, nice cinematography... she's pretty... he's so weird... that's so me... yeah, I saw that movie... I kinda liked it."

    "Kinda", is the operative word, and if you seen enough of these, the "kinda", kinda fades away. Here today, gone tomorrow; in the end, movies like these will most likely make you say, "No, let's not. I saw that already and I liked it, but let's not see it again." ...more info
  • miserable people with miserable lives
    Others have found this movie intriguing if melancholy. I found it totally miserable as well as exploitative. It has that "indie" feel about it with characters that are supposed to be "quirky" and a little off-center. In this case, they are so far off center as to be dangerously deranged. The "hero" celebrates his divorce by setting his own hand on fire. Nice! His neglected kids, one a young teen and the other barely out of kindergarten, get involved in sex chat rooms with deviant adults. The "heroine" is supposed to be a talented performance artist but when we get to see her art, it turns out to be garbage. She falls for the hero for no apparent reason. He brushes her off; she persists and they end the movie clasped in an embrace that looked to me like the grip of a python around its prey. ...more info
  • quirkiness with a capital Q
    Like just about every independent film these days, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" wears its quirkiness like a badge of honor. It shows us a world populated by "ordinary," "average" people, living lives of quiet desperation, who do and say the darndest things.

    Thus we have a father of two who lights his own hand on fire as a protest against his wife leaving him for another man; his overweight co-worker and neighbor who posts sexually explicit notes up in his windows for all the world - including two local underage girls - to see; two young brothers who engage in cyber sex chats with an unknown person on the other end; two teenaged girls who flirt with an older man but wind up initiating a much younger boy into the world of sex; and a flighty aspiring video artist who falls for a tentative shoe store clerk who has been woefully unsuccessful in the ways of love.

    Miranda July, who wrote and directed the movie (as well as playing the part of the young artist), clearly has a great deal of talent as a filmmaker. She is able to create a universe which feels ever so slightly off-kilter, yet which has elements that are instantly recognizable to us in the audience. We see that these are people trying to make some kind of intimate, honest connection with other human beings but who are often thwarted in that effort by technological roadblocks or the fears they have of being hurt or rejected. Yet, the movie, for all its moments of truthfulness and meaning, often feels as if it is trying just a bit too hard to be profound. Too often it feels forced and precious when it would be better if it were spontaneous and natural. "Me and You and Everyone We Know" comes across like one of those well-intentioned but pretentious projects made by first-year film students, a film so impressed with its own quirkiness and insight into human nature that it fails to convince us that it is actually telling us anything we didn't already know.

    This may seem like an overly harsh judgment to lay on a film that at least tries to do something meaningful and important, and I certainly do not mean to imply that there is not a great deal that is good about this movie (the acting, for one, although July is clearly better as a director than she is as an actress, hers being the one genuinely annoying performance in a sea of otherwise fine acting turns). I guess, perhaps, it's just that independent filmmakers have been ramping up the "quirkiness" and "weirdness" quotient for so long now, that I've finally begun to lose patience with it. My suspicion is that July clearly intends for us to identify with and like her characters, but I just found myself wanting to get as far away from them as possible. Based on the people we meet here, hers is not a neighborhood I would have a whole lot of interest in visiting.
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  • Please enter a title for your review
    Miranda does her weird voice thing from her cds at the start, and I was like omg Maria Bamford totally stole that voice. Maybe she didn't, I dunno, but I think she did. The movie just isn't as creative and original as her spoken word cds though, and if I didn't know better I'd probably guess it was made in collaboration with Todd Solondz.
    It seemed like all of the characters that had more than a couple of lines had no confidence in their value as a person. So it's like the overall statement of the movie is oh we're all so beautifully damaged. It's a progressive, reactionary, increasingly popular basis for art films, but whether you're romanticizing achievement or failure, empty romance is empty romance, and that's the bottom line with this film. I didn't really like any of the characters, and it seemed like the viewer wasn't supposed to. I guess what did work for me about the movie is that it kept me optimistic somehow. I was still invested in where the characters would end up, but ultimately there didn't really seem to be much of an ending for any of them. I don't dislike the film, it definitely has it's moments of both comedy and poignance (the "macaroni" thing was pretty genius), but it frustrated me with it's contrived focus on finding romantic tragedy in banality. That territory has already been mined enough. As dull as one-dimensional success stories are, maybe giving the disaffected some models for success rather than encouraging them to celebrate failure should be the next frontier for edgy movies.
    The message seems to be even if you're damaged and messed up you can still find happiness in life, rather than you don't have to view yourself as damaged and messed up just because you are by most other people's standards, and that lack of empathy in July's approach seems to expose her as someone who isn't writing what she knows. She proves herself an attentive student of human behaviour, but seemingly asks an audience to have sympathy and empathy for characters she herself has none for. The lack of sentimentality with which the content and characters on her spoken word cds were handled made them a more potent window into the imagination and insight of her perspective. 7/10. ...more info
  • Simply Delightful
    Miranda July has created a film that is simplistic and still interesting. Rather than worry about complex plot and external conflicts Ms. July works to develop character and allow the own characters's thoughts filter through to the reader in every day situations. Her characters are intriguing, and after the film is over you wonder what happens to them, and how the rest of their lives will be. In this way July's film is wonderful because it brings elements of humanity to the big screen. This movie is truly a delight....more info
  • hopeFUL, not hopeless at all!
    My first and primary thoughts about this film revolved around the idea of Pronoia [...],which I recently was introduced to. Yes the characters in this brilliantly designed, written, and acted film are in chaotic, often depressing, boring, and seemingly hopeless situations -- _exceptionally realistic_ situations that any city dweller in modern America should frighteningly relate to. Yet these characters move through this landscape with optimism, resolve, curiosity, and an appreciation for beauty and life. And with excellent lighting and set designs. :)...more info
  • Beautiful and contemplative
    From the cover of the DVD, to the bubble-gum sets, to the art design, to costume design, MYEWK is rare, as it is a visually innovative, American film. I was ecstatic to see a film fall away from the mundane cinematography that is making all contemporary Hollywood film blend together like a closet full of beige suits.
    Even more impressive than the well thought out design of the film was the contemplative script. Although at times it becomes cheesy and slightly self-indulgent, there is plenty socially relevant exploration for the view that endures the occasional flight into capricious thought. ...more info
  • One of the Best Films of 2005
    One of the best films of 2005, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" is the directorial debut of writer/director/star Miranda July. The movie is offbeat, humorous, odd, and even at times beautiful. It's got a perfect mood to it that bares resemblance to the work of Alexander Payne, but is also a work of complete originality. The movie has a wonderful script, great acting, great cinematography, and some very different dialouge. By that, I mean that July doesn't just use dialogue as a means of leading up to a scene in a film or passing the time. The dialogue is also used to make statements and share personal opinions. The movie stars John Hawkes (Deadwood, From Dusk Till Dawn) as Richard Swersey, a shoe salesmen who has just separated from his wife and spends his time working or raising his two boys Peter and Robby, who are mostly on a computer in chat rooms. Writer/Director July plays Christine, an artist (who's art is quite weird) who also owns a cab service called Elder Cab which she drives old people around in. Christine is a weird character, zany and offbeat who meets Richard, who is not really impressed. Meanwhile, two teenage girls meet an older man who sends them messages from his window (which ends up inspiring a few really funny scenes). The movie is really unique and wonderful, it's really different from any movies you'd see and to top that all off...It's her first film. Not to mention, (not be sexist or anything) this is a movie written by a woman. Woman rarely create movies like this. It's hard for me to explain just how good this movie is in mere words, so I guess you should just see it for yourself. As for the "Disturbing Sexual Content Involving Children" which is listed as one of the reasons for the 'R' rating. That particular content is hardly disturbing, except for the scene on the bench which is oddly beautiful. My only complaint (even though it is kind of important) is the "back and forth" scenes, which are kind of sick and weird...How do people think up ideas like this? Anyway, really...Don't let this movie slip away. See it.

    GRADE: A+
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  • See this film
    This was one of those films that I knew I'd have to sleep on before I'd be able form some kind of thoughtful opinion. While it has all the earmarks of so many 'indie' films, it nonetheless succeeds in prompting thought and feeling that is, for me, not contrived. Sure, it would be easy to disect the film so its parts would seem disparate, but the viewer is better served taking it as a whole. The characters are a bit more filmic than everyday, but that's no crime in my book. Instead, I found myself wanting to know more about them and wondering what may happen to each. I'll leave the plot and character description to others and just say that in an era where movies like King Kong and MI3 dominate the box office, it's a pleasure to find a film tells a simple story well....more info
  • Hope chest springs eternal

    This quiet little movie was unexpected and quaint.

    I entered into the film thinking it would be a love story. Instead it was a story tracing the path of loneliness among a cast of confused characters of all ages. Desperate for connections with other people, they mutilate and humiliate themselves. Sometimes it actually works.

    Reflective of one of the main story themes, the little girl with the hope chest and all of her plans with her future husband and daughter was my favorite character. We have our expectations carefully mapped out, sometimes on the ceiling of our own bedrooms. We put our hopes in a box that we only show to special people.

    And what are all those dots and dashes and semi-colons? They're you and me and everyone we know.

    Miranda July is iridescent without trying, which is why I found it distracting when I felt she was trying too hard.

    The direction and unusual camera angles was inspired at times. The setting, in sleepy Palmdale, Calfornia, worked perfectly into the groove of the story.

    Some of the subject matter, especially among the children, although tastefully handled might be considered offensive. If you're sensitive to children being involved in adult situations (in childish ways) then this is not the film for you.

    Overall, it's a refreshingly pleasant way to spend ninety-one minutes.
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  • a very best film
    I've not watched such fun film for a very long time! Many films, especially art house films, are trying too hard to showcase their creativity, where Miranda July here just have all the right clicks on all the moves. That is fascinating.

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  • Not for Everyone - but a GEM for the introspective viewer.
    I love this movie!! The characters are flawed, and real, not necessarily even likable (for some) - and yet totally understandable in their universal desire just to be loved. Those viewers who criticize seem to be literal and so simplistic in their interpretation ! For example, the 'shoe salesman' is not so attractive or affluent - but Miranda likes him because he shows her tenderness even in the smallest, most unexpected way. OK. So he sells her new shows - that's his job. But the point is his expression that life does not have to be so painful. That she can do better than the constant discomfort that she's just come to accept. That she deserves more. That is why she's drawn to him.

    And the other "internet" couple? Maybe their connection does not fit the typical vision.. but there is incredible tenderness and acceptance there that's just fuel for them each continuing on.

    Watch it. Watch it. (even buy it !) form your own opinion.
    ... but if you want to munch popcorn mindlessly and stare at beautiful people on screen, try another title.

    NOTE. As I was inquiring at a video store about copies for sale, a couple came in threatening to cancel their account and just outraged at this 'pornography.' Amazing. There is less nudity than most PG-13.. but some sensitive scenes that do require an open mind.

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  • You're not alone.
    It's just one of those films that goes against the grain and says "It's ok to be a little weird". All of the things that go on, in the lives of the characters, are extremely easy to relate to. The film is just real, down-to-earth, and funny!

    Stop reading this and add it to your cart right now!...more info
  • Hello it's called the MOON!
    28 days from now, will you like this movie? Anyways i thought this was great, brought lovely laughter from the back of the head, and reminded me of every stage of my childhood. 'Nuff said!...more info
  • Okay
    Just as "arty" and vague, precious and inessential as I suppose I expected it to be. At the same time, there is certainly a market for this kind of thing, I'm just not it. Make sure you know if you are before buying it. Pity that I had to order it from overseas before watching it (our DVD selection in South-Africa is, shall I say, bog-standard). ...more info
  • low budget amelie
    I don't undestand all the raves this film has gotten. It's creepy, and very poorly made. Why does the performance artist like this newly separated shoe saleman? What's so great about her performance art tape that makes is something a contemporary art museum should show? Is it her buying a pair of pink flates and writing "me" and "you" on each toe in black Sharpie? Or is it the collage of photographs she made? It's purportedly about people trying to make connections in today's world...but I think most people do a lot better than emailing 5-year-olds about sharing their poop (back and forth, forever), or putting up signs on their window stating all the lewd things they'd like to do to underage girls.
    Not even close to funny. Maybe it was trying to be quirky and cute like Amelie, but really, this was just...boring. Ridiculous....more info
  • Wonderful Film
    I thought this was an extraordinary film. You, Me and Everyone We know truly describes the people depicted in this film. Yes, they all have issues, but it was all very believable. It was artful, but normal, Hillarious and at the same time very serious. You fall in love with all the characters and thier problems.

    I was not expecting the depictions of sex, but did feel that it was true to life, when the brothers are sitting and chatting online, that is how brothers really talk to each other I loved it. ...more info
  • a 'precious treasure' of a film
    Fans of American Beauty and Tod Solondz's Happiness should appreciate this one. Like both, beauty is found in suburban mundane and characters are achingly real, lost, and endearing. Some moments were laugh-out loud funny but some frank sexuality may turn off some viewers (not me!). A cast of unknowns (to me) including some marvelous child actors pull off a masterpiece of indie film-making. Writer-Directer-Actress Miranda July is a genius--It's her first movie!! I can't wait for her next one! ...more info
  • Me Too
    Is July Miranda's last name? Don't know why that threw me. It's probably Weissberg or Krapper. I don't know why artists chose their names. Alternatively, maybe that's her real last name.

    John Hawkes is very sweet as a devastated divorcee with two young mixed-marriage children. The kids don't say much, angry with dad for marriage failure no doubt. Mom is kind of an aggressive black chick with women's liberation notions, anger. Miranda July plays herself I think. She's not stylish, not smooth in the ways of love. She does know what she wants and will jump in Hawkes car, but he's not ready. As the other reviewers have mentioned, this is about loneliness and lost connections in a modern Craig's List world. However, I assure you there's much to like about this film.

    One, the acting all the way down to the little black kid is unbelievable.

    Two, teen sexuality, well it made me uncomfortable, similar to Thirteen, which disturbed almost everyone two years ago. It's just that actors and actresses at thirteen or fifteen are asked to play out sexuality. I guess they're mature little vixens, but what about the six-year-old going on about excrement? A little uncomfortable, but as cinema it works.

    Three, who is Miranda July? Inquiring minds want to know.
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  • :( = ))<>((
    The World will be a better place when movies like this start to be showed in Schools and churches.

    Everybody suffer. Every person struggles to scape unhappiness and isolation. And when communication doesn't happen through openness, trust and affection, some kind of monster inside is awaken hungry for acts of transgression.

    Life and freedom will happen, disregarding repression and fear. And repression and fear will make life, the monster, voracious and brutal.

    Watching this movie is like watching somebody eating raw meat or trash. What is not a crime, but almost is, for being so distant of how humans are expected to live. It's uncomfortable to look at, but if you really see is enlightening.

    One may easily fall in the trap of living as homeless in one's own home. Because what makes a home is affection, and if there is no affection, there is no home, in the end, no human, no life. And everything comes down to s**t, to poison, to "))<>(( .forever" This is all the math own needs to know.
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  • Good purchase
    Packaging was all intact, have had no problems with the DVD thus far. Good seller!...more info
  • Thoughts on me and you, etc.
    This is perhaps the worst movie I have ever seen!!!!! Nothing redeeming at all!!!!...more info
  • Subtle, Quirky and Amazing
    This movie was original and the characters were very engaging. This piece of art reveals the human need to bond with others on an intense level. If you are looking for something original you found the right film.

    "I don't want to have to do this living. I just walk around. I want to be swept off my feet, you know? I want my children to have magical powers. I am prepared for amazing things to happen. I can handle it. " - Me and You and Everyone We Know...more info
  • Unlike the usual indie shock piece, this one has heart and hilarity
    This wonderful movie is unlike most other indie flicks that touch on seemingly taboo or deviant subjects. Most important, it doesn't obsess over these subjects. Nor does it use them for shock value or as dark dramatic peaks. They are just part of a larger effort to get at the particular sadness surrounding these characters, and to show how some people can overcome such sadness. The various "out there" vignettes that some may find objectionable aren't the movie's raison d'etre--they're just one of many ways the director tries to show what's wrong with modern life in general (and some specific kinds of lives in particular), and how some people try to make it right. Although the movie is oddly made and focuses on odd people, it's not trying to celebrate oddness for oddness's sake, like many similar movies. Yeah, this is still probably a love it or hate it movie given some of the scenes, but I think it's far far easier to love than to hate. The characters, particularly the children, all go through periods where they put themselves in immense moral and physical danger, but the movie doesn't exaggerate the dangers of modern life--every day, perfectly "normal" kids find perverts on the web, get flirty with the wrong adult in their neighborhood, or engage in stupid behavior with each other. Many of them are even lucky enough to do these stupid things without ruining their lives. That doesn't make the movie exploitative or unrealistic or overly focused on deviancy. In short, the movie has heart--it's genuinely concerned with finding that happy ending, with love, with right and wrong, with the increasing isolation found in many suburbs, and it works toward those goals with vignettes that will move you (keeping in mind that occasional cringing is a form of movement:-). And I must mention the fact that the movie is frequently HILARIOUS--another "love it or hate it" element that I think makes the movie special. The director has this ability to make certain situations screamingly funny without turning them into satire or draining them of verisimilitude, deep emotion, or, at times, creepiness. That's VERY hard to do. So please give this one a try. If you approach it with a clear understanding of two things--how blindly stupid and fearless adolescents can be (usually out of naivete rather than ill will), and how even good people can mess up their lives temporarily (for any number of reasons)--I think you'll agree it's one of the best American flicks to come out in quite a while....more info
  • There's a great film in here somewhere.
    Miranda July, writer/director and star of Me and You and Everyone We Know, obviously worships at the altar of PT Anderson. Like the director of Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love, she excels at creating lonely, oddball characters and mapping the rough terrain between isolation and intimacy. But she has the same problem Anderson does: at only ninety-seven minutes, the film feels too long, too clever and quirky by half. Much of the dialogue, especially the exchanges between the two main characters, is cloyingly precious. That might be the point, of course--these characters put on a brave veneer as they try to convince themselves and each other that they're strong-willed and independent, even when they fumble desperately for a basic connection--but if artifice is what July is going for, it doesn't quite work.

    She fares better in her portrayal of children and adolescents, perfectly capturing their mannerisms and inarticulate speech patterns. ("At Mom's house we have a chore wheel. You put chores on it, and then you can spin it. There's this metal thing, and it helps it to spin. It's spinning from the metal.") As the kids, desperate and isolated as the adults, fumble through their own relationships-often through slightly perverse sexual games-the overall effect is unnerving, yet sympathetic and sweetly an indie-film sort of way, of course. Warts and all, this is an entertaining and affecting movie, and July was obviously unwilling to compromise her personal vision for mass-market, mainstream appeal. For that reason alone, it deserves to be seen.
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  • DVD of Me and You
    'Me and You and Everyone Else We Know' is a movie for people who think that childhood curiosity shouldn't end with childhood. It is not a realistic depiction of relationships or life, but I'm not sure it was meant to be. There are truthful moments, to be sure, particularly involving the relationship of a 14-year-old boy who is fascinated by a hope chest-obsessed 10-year-old girl. I smiled a lot during this movie, and when it was finished I felt good. The film is certain to cause controversy, as evidenced by some other reviews, but don't let that scare you from viewing it.

    The DVD contains the film in widescreen. It does begin with commercial previews, but thankfully you can skip them by hitting the menu button on your dvd remote. The menus are simple and easy to navigate. The DVD extras include: Deleted Scenes and Previews (the same previews that you decided to skip when you turned on the DVD). There are about seven deleted scenes, and they are worth watching.

    The extras are not closed-captioned, which is typical for DVD releases (especially indie films). Captioning would have been nice.

    The DVD could have used more in the way of extras. Ms. July's penchant for solipsism lends itself well to having a commentary track, but we don't get one. Other extras that would have been interesting are the homemade videos we glimpse during the movie as performance art.

    This is a five star movie with a four star DVD package....more info
  • "Pooping back and forth forever"
    Suburban shoe salesman shoe salesman Richard (John Hawkes) is having a bad day. When he finds out that his wife is leaving him he reacts by setting his own hand on fire. Meanwhile, eccentric video artist Christine (Miranda July) makes ends meet as a taxi driver for the elderly whilst unsuccessfully trying to get her work exhibited in a cynical, unwelcoming art world.

    Accompanying one of her regular clients on a shoe-purchasing expedition, Christine begins a reluctant courtship with the emotionally burned Richard, who believes the right pair of shoes can change a person's life, but who hasn't quite figured out how to be a responsible father to his two young sons. Christine and Richard have obviously formed some kind of connection, but both are so dysfunctionally shy, that a substantial connection seems unlikely.

    Richard's 7-year-old Robby (Brandon Ratcliff) loves playing on his computer and enters into an Internet flirtation with a mysterious older woman, seducing her with his infantile obsession with poop. His 14-year-old Peter (Miles Thompson) finds himself on the receiving end of a challenge between two precocious girls (Natasha Slayton, Najarra Townsend) who wish to know which one of them gives better oral satisfaction.

    And lets not forget the 12-year-old neighbor girl (Carlie Westerman) obsessed with acquiring first-class consumer items for her hope chest. She likes to parade her purchases for all to see, especially for Peter with whom she has a bit of a crush on.

    Peppered with bizarre characters and oddball scenarios, You and Me and Everyone I Know is like nothing you've ever seen before. Written and Directed by the talented Miranda July, the film cleverly skewers the world of installation art, weaving elements of the romantic comedy into story that is really about the need to connect in the modern world.

    All these very different stories magically interlock and play out in a style that is quirky and unpredictable. In this film everyone is searching, where children long to become adults, adults yearn to recapture the innocence of youth, and everyone has difficulty finding true love at age 7 or 70. For a lot of viewers it may take a while to fully rise to July's wavelength and comprehend her offbeat sense of humour. But July stages and edits her work as if in time to an inner beat, ticking away in unpredictable fits and starts, so it's almost impossible not the get caught up in the film's sustained whimsy.

    But it is July herself that anchors this film. She's such an appealing leading lady and a totally winning screen presence with her mop of curly hair and her wide inquisitive eyes. Obviously eccentric but also quite sensitive, the actress is totally in tune to the celestial coincidences that unite her characters, able to capture those small and indefinable moments of human experience. Mike Leonard January 06.
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  • Don't watch with your family
    A great and extremely quirky movie, but makes for awkward times with a family. Don't say I didn't warn you. ...more info
  • ;;;;....;;;;,,,,
    This film reminded me quite a bit of "Little Miss Sunshine" without the spunk. Instead of relentless positivism, the characters in M&Y&EWK all display a hunger, a yearning for love and a paralyzing uncertainty born of repeated disappointment. The people are the same unpredictable and mildly-agreeable misfits as "Sunshine" but the film itself is considerably more somber.

    There are moments of unanticipated wonder in the film, and although somber the pace never drags so I found it quite easy to endure the overlaid sadness. Every actor is also quite good. The two little boys in particular are scene stealers in every frame they're in, and could've inhabited much larger parts. In the final analysis though the film has "Sundance eccentricity" in its genes as if written to a formula calculated to win awards in Utah....more info
  • Not an instant classic, but a great effort and worth a look
    I had mixed feelings about this one. Maybe a second screening is in order.

    I can say this much: it's different. The problem is, any many points, it seemed like it was trying to be. It comes off as contrived at times. I would even go as far as saying it had forced "American Beauty" qualities, from the standpoint of trying to capture the essence of life, especially in the forms of human relationships.

    The biggest problem for me is that I really didn't feel like I went anywhere with these characters. The only character I felt any sense of growth with was the 6 year old. Everyone else just kind of seemed to be part of random and strange relationships, mostly tied together through the exploration of sex or intimacy, but not in ways one might expect. While I enjoyed most of what I saw, I felt little attachment to any of them. But I came out of it being forgiving of that, because well, I WAS entertained for the most part and that's the best you can hope for in a movie these days.

    The scenes are very fresh and mostly entertaining. There's some good humor, symbolism and uniqueness to the settings and circumstances. It's not over the top or grotesque. It has a more simple and quiet tone. There's also a modern edge, which will appeal to many young people.

    In the end, I really admire the effort here. While I felt this film was thin in respects to direction and purpose, I would certainly be curious to see the upcoming work from Miranda July....more info
  • Five stars
    I like the lamplighter at the end. Is that a "Little Prince" reference?
    Quite possibly the best movie I have seen...ever.

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    After watching this film recently and then the new film JELLYFISH directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, I recognized that they both had a lot in common. I felt compelled to write something because I thought it would be a great recommendation for anyone who loves ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW. Both are inventive films that portray people in a modern world (with JELLYFISH it's modern Tel Aviv),whom are trying to navigate through the world, connect with other people, and struggle not to be imprisoned by
    their own lives/expectations.
    With ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, Miranda July examines the lives of an artist, and a shoe salesman with his two young sons. Their struggle to connect to each other is an examination Keret and Geffen also use with the three women in JELLYFISH; they connect randomly to each other, but the importance lies in their journeys.
    Both ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, and JELLYFISH have their own brand of quirk and beauty, but the most important aspect that they share is the fundamentals of those moments which are truly naturalistic and human.

    JELLYFISH is out in theaters now, and I urge all of you that liked this film to check it out as well!
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  • Just My Taste
    I enjoyed the lyrical and interwoven nature of this film. If you've read Miranda July's stories, she always creates awkward yet kind-hearted characters. I think her work has much in common with the work of Etgar Keret -- I am looking forward to his first film Jellyfish. I just read the NY Times review, they've compared it to Me and You and Everyone We Know. It just opened today, so I am going to check it out!...more info
  • Close But Not Quite
    I'm happy to see so many awards and nominations on a film that tried so hard to be relevant, explore the meanings or lack thereof in our lives, etc. It's funny, intelligent, quirky, memorable, moving, with striking visuals in points.

    Something's not quite working here, unfortunately, but Miranda June is probably a moviemaker we should all be keeping an eye on.

    Take a look at the reviews. See the range? That's what you want. If everybody thinks something is "nice," it's doomed. You want people to feel something, because if it can inspire one-star reviews then it can also inspire five-star reviews. For me, it didn't quite work, hence my middle-of-the-road bit, but I feel an author trying to write something meaningful, so I respect that....more info
  • a feel-good indie sensation
    A quirky little film with amazingly flashed out characters. The script is marvelous and the characters are spectacular. Miranda July is a remarkably talented person - from her writing to her directing to her poignant portrayal in this film. If you like indie films, I highly recommend this movie. ...more info
  • Brilliant Movie!!!
    Wow! This is a beautiful highly poetic film. Some people have said that this is comedy, but it's not really. There are some funny parts which made me laugh out loud, but for the most part this is definately not your average comedy film. A lot of reviews say that this film is about loneliness, but I don't think that is really what the film is about either. To me this movie was a wonderful excerpt of human life; What it means to be alive, to be innocent and to explore basic human emotional wants, desires and curiosities.

    Now a word of warning: You will probably not like this movie if you tend to be a "in the box" type person or adhere strictly to mainstream or conservative opinions and values, as you may interpret the movie in a way that it is offensive to you. There is sexuality involving teenagers and young people. The film is basically just being honest and innocent about the curiosity that children/teenagers have towards their own sexuality, but if this is something that you can not tolerate than do not watch this film.

    Now, who will like this movie: If you are a lover of unique artistic statements, indie and art house type films that are not afraid to step out of the norm and be honest and insightful you will love this film. Run don't walk to get this film!...more info
  • This is in my top 5 movies of all time.
    I love this movie. LOVE. There are only a few movies that I will make new friends watch (sort of like a screening process), and this is the first on the list.

    Circle stickers, obscenities on windshields, paintings in trees, and goldfish left on the tops of cars. Just a few items worth mentioning in this quirky, loveable movie.

    It's not often a movie comes around where it allows you to relate to every single character.

    Some people don't get this movie. I feel sorry for them....more info
  • there are a lot of sickos out there
    There is a word that is repeated again and again throughout these reviews that doesn't even begin to describe this movie.

    I just saw Me and You and Everyone we know for the second time. The first time (a couple of years ago) I liked it. I mean, the plot was engaging and of course I remembered the back and forth scene and maybe I could have expressed my feelings toward it in that one annoying little word that doesn't even mean anything anymore...but maybe now I have a greater appreciation of the art that this film displays. Or something. My second viewing really affected me.

    The scenes with the teenage girls that may imply pedophilia were a little uncomfortable at first but I love how one of them said she could say whatever she wanted because of the first ammendment and the (adult) man replied "what are you talking about?" Like he had never heard of the constitution...We are laughing at him, not respecting his character like some movies involving pedophiles have had us do (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest-among several others). You can tell this film was written by a woman who wants to protect innocence but does not deny that children grow up and there is an in between stage. Children become teenagers and teenagers become adults and are interested in learning about adult things like sex. That curiosity is explored in this film but we don't actually see anything dirty or sexual occur-Miranda July left that stuff up to the viewers imaginations and judging by some of these responses-some of you are pretty sick. What I saw from the two friends was a response to our girl poisoning culture and an honest interpretation of its effects. Girls want to grow up to soon.

    There is a scene in which the fourteen year old boy character gives the little girl a stuffed animal for her hope chest (which is filled with handheld blenders and towels and grown up things she can offer her future husband and daughter). That scene almost made me cry. It definetely made me think. I think the little girl is the most poignant character yet she's the one that is discussed the least in these reviews...judge for yourself.

    If you liked this movie and weren't offended by anything you should check out Charlie White's video Pink on YouTube. The themes are similar....more info
  • the best movie I've seen all year
    Miranda July is my new cinematic heroine. She has captured moments of life and made them smart poetic and poignant. Anyone who appreciates thoughtful, innovative, and artful indie films will love this....more info
  • Two hours I'm never getting back
    I completely agree with prior comments regarding, most importantly, child abuse, and also pretension. It was only after ten minutes of watching this that I realized I had seen it once before, and that's because nothing actually happens.

    I'd like to add another dimension to previous comments; Miranda July, like many feminists, clearly hates women. The female characters in this film are universally pathetic victims, further the two women with the greatest power in the film (the elderly women who anticipates her own death, and the divorcee) are treated with hostility by Ms. July.

    Clearly if you're not as dopey as Miranda July, you just don't seem to get the reality of it all. And, surely this film will become the primary citation for the lunacy of deferring to film festivals for insight into film quality.
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  • Loved every minute of it!
    I had never heard about this movie or read any reviews- it just happened to come on and I loved every minute of it. I can't improve on what others have said, I'll just say it's about hopefulness, innocence and longing. I don't know who these people are that were so askance at the sexual content and the kids- yes, it was certainly a surprise, but unerringly true to life- do you remember what you thought and said about sex when you were a kid? The two teenage girls' shenanigans mirrored those of half my friends in junior high, and that was a long time ago.

    What is important are the outcomes of these daring escapades. Granted, in the real world they could have resulted in troubling outcomes. But this is a MOVIE, and it's about people longing to connect. It's been a long, long time since I've seen a movie I liked this much (Lost in Translation, maybe). I liken it to Bagdad Cafe, ones of my favorites, but even better. Also quirky like Little Miss Sunshine, but even better.

    For me there wasn't a moment that didn't ring true. I found it wholly original, inspiring, wonderful. I alternated between laughing with delight and being touched to the point of tears. And I loved the music too. Bravo, Miranda! ...more info
  • A different kind of comedy
    This type of comedy is definitely an aquired taste. It's array of characters is interesting and it includes all ages and races. However, they all seem to have one thing in common - loneliness. Film carefully explores how each and every one of them deals with the loneliness within the world they are stuck in. In some instances, they are just plain sad (7 year old girl accumulating her own dowry), but in others they are hillarious. I found it really funny when a seven year old boy gets on IM and starts conversing with the unknown person on the other end. This boy cannot even spell the word "remember" but he does know how to cut and paste words! Not to mention that content of his IMs is out of this world. Definitely quirky movie but very original in its own way....more info
  • This won awards?
    ughhhhh... First off, the plot is nothing new, pathetic people living despearte lives in shabby apartments working, dead end jobs etc. This one takes it to a new level with children soliciting for sex in chat rooms. Considering it's amined at the liberal crowd it's amazing how I could see conservitives saying "see this is what happens when kids are left alone, while divorced parents work" Dateline does a much better angle at the child predetor thing. ...more info
  • "Too quirky by half"
    I read through a bunch of these reviews and the word "quirky" seems to be the operative one.

    I was bored while doing some sewing and put this in the DVD...It did manage to make the time pass and I stuck it out to the end. I am trying hard to find some nice things to say about it. I did find the "star", Miranda July, rather sympathetic and even sort of cute. (I didn't know, when I was watching it, that she was also the writer and director--that might have made me wretch.) The fact that she falls so strongly and instantly in love with such a homely and crazy man strikes me as highly unlikely. But I guess that's part of the story's supposed quirky charm.

    There are some genuinely funny scenes and I did laugh out loud a few times. There is sentiment, too, with the "sweet old people" and, of course, one of them dies, which is supposed to tug at your heart strings.

    July relies an awful lot on cheezy sexual humor, all of it involving kids. A little of that goes a long way. (I'm no prude or right wing conservative, so spare me your comments!) I love sex in a film if it's well done but here it looks like she was stooping very low for humor.

    Obviously some people love it. You have to have a high tolerance for off-beat whimsey and tacky sexual humor. ...more info
  • Back and forth )) <> (( ..... non-mainstream comedic fun in everyday life...
    All in all this movie is very good and a nice departure from reality from a short while. I felt myself entertained and engaged in the story line.

    The movie waives back and forth between the story of an immature father going through a separation, his love interest who is a lonely and venurable avant garde artist and the story line of his children and their neighbors.

    At times the movie seems predictable, i.e. the deliberately provcative online chat room antics of the little brother in the movie, at other times sad and tactful. All in all the movie has a very different flavor and never really ends up any place you might expect. The plot twists & turns and it painted with a fresh coat of humor in the most unexpected places. Personally I like this film for its originally and portrait of routine life. Some people might be turned off for the same reason. ...more info
  • Can we please stop calling the filmmakers perverts?
    I've read WAY too many misinformed reviews of this film. One sticking point, unsurprisingly, is the alleged "pedophilia" going on.

    I find this strange since there is no pedophilia in this movie whatsoever.

    It's not easy to explain what actually happens without showing you the movie itself, but please be aware that it is not pedophilia. Most of it is just off-color humor involving kids playing tricks on perverted adults.

    The rest of the movie is similarly awkward and off-color, but if you are someone who has that rare ability to think about a film critically, rather than sit passively and wait for the film to lead you down a well-lit path full of wonder, you will be amply rewarded for your diligence.

    If you've enjoyed any of Todd Solondz's work (especially Palindromes), you should have no problem enjoying the cock-eyed view of the world Miranda July presents, and you'll find this film ultimately more enjoyable overall. It has all of the irreverence of Solondz's movies with more humor and sweetness, and without all of the bleakness.

    It's not a "quirky comedy" like Little Miss Sunshine or Sideways, like many people would have you believe, though I love both of those films too. ...more info
    This movie was the second biggest waste of my life after "I <3 Huckabees." It came highly recommended by trusted friends and I honestly have no idea what they saw in this that I didn't. The "quirky" dialog was cliche and uninteresting as was the plot. The "edgy" parts were contrived and disgusting and for the most part unrealistic. I hated this movie....more info
  • Maybe the worst movie ever
    This is the first movie i've ever reviewed. Maybe the worst I've ever seen. Bought it in the cheap entertainment pile at a grocery checkout line due to the 'awards.' Watched it. Had to write about it. Where are the child protection people when they're needed? Surely the dialogue and actions the childern were directed to say/perform violate more than just the bottom level of taste they occupy.
    Is there a joke somewhere that i'm not in on? Did people actually vote this movie honors?
    Underage oral sex? Kiddie anal sex and poop dialogue? A humorous pedophile? This is a sad, sad movie. The parents who let their children perform in this travesty need to have their butts kicked.
    If this trash is what we reward, we are near the 'tipping point' and the slope down the other side looks steep.
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  • ))<>((
    This is one of my favorite movies of all time! Very cute and peppy while also dark, if you like movies such as Little Miss Sunshine and Welcome to the Dollhouse you should give this one a try....more info
  • Art for art's sake = bad cinema
    This is a pretentious and disturbing film. I watched it based on the good reviews it had received, and I regret having done so. I found the innuendoes of underage sex and pedophilia made for uncomfortable viewing. There isn't much story to speak of (isolation in the digital age, apparently) - which doesn't really matter if you enjoy art for art's sake; if you don't, stay clear of this one....more info
  • don't bother
    I watched this film because it earned awards at five film festivals, including Cannes and Sundance, but save your time and money--it's horrible. The dialogue is dreadful, the plot unbelievable, the multiple sub-plots distracting, and the teenage sex ridiculous if not perverse. So, the experts are wrong, including Roger Ebert who gave this film 4 of 4 stars. Richard is separating from his wife Pam and works at a shoe store. He meets Christine, a starving artist who drives a taxi for the elderly, as if we should care. I guess the film revolves around the single line of a senior citizen to the effect, "Your whole life could be better, starting right now." Yes, especially if you avoid this film....more info
  • A Surprise from Left Field
    I was prepared to hate this film. I have a few friends who invite me to monthly viewings of their favourite "indie" movies, most of which I find tediously pretentious, and this was last month's DVD. Much to my surprise, I found myself laughing uncontrollably at some of the one-liners and situations in this one. "Ask her if she likes bologna." And the runnung gag about "Cat-itude." I ultimately decided this is a secret parody of the "art movie." The quirky behaviour and dialogue of the characters just reek of "indie," and the ending is thisclose to being Hallmark-ish, but it's also too well made to fall into the "so bad it's good" camp. I'd have to see it a few more times to pull out more of the in-jokes, but this is a movie I'd gladly watch again and again....more info
  • 100% indie cliche
    Me and You and Everyone we Know is a typical indie melodrama:

    Narrow emotional range. If the totality of humanity's emotional experience ranges from 1 to 10, indie melodramas violently resist leaving 5. Even in this movie's most violent scene, the participant is emotionally reticent. Martin Donovan's contribution to film.

    Children and Sex. What's a good indie melodrama without fantasies of pedophilia and copraphilia?

    Misunderstood artist. Ah yes, the misunderstood artist who cannot understand why people don't respect her! And her character is played by ... wait for it ... the film's director! Snap!

    Ok, so now I am getting a little snarky. I still can't help feeling that this is one of those "art films" that people don't really like, but they are afraid to admit it lest their friends think they are not cool....more info
  • Wait....what?
    Hilarious? Heartfelt? I must be missing something because I really expected to love this movie. Instead, I found it to be incredibly empty and unsatisfying....not to mention slightly disturbing and utterly depressing. I expected something akin to "Little Miss Sunshine" but it was more like "Happiness". I loved the former and hated the latter. So you know how I feel about this one.

    I'm pretty sure the filmmaker (Miranda July) is trying to say something here. What that something is, I have no idea. Society is messed up? I already know that, I don't need to be browbeaten over 90 minutes to "get" that. Is the filmmaker making fun of these nuts, or is she trying to make them sympathetic? I hope she's making fun of them, but I'm not so sure that she was. Maybe we're supposed to feel sorry for them and laugh at them at the same time? I think she was trying to make some homage to the randomness of life and human connections, but she failed miserably if that was her intent, as there are many films which do that infinitely better. In all honesty, I have no clue what I am supposed to take from this movie. One thing I definitely took: I cannot envision any scenario in which I would want to watch it again.

    My friend whom I watched it with loved it, and you can see all the good reviews. So I'm obviously in the minority on this one. And that's okay. (I asked my friend to explain what she liked about the film. Her response? "I'm easily entertained.") I found it to be an absolute trainwreck from start to finish. I can think of one scene throughout the entire film that I sincerely enjoyed watching.

    And then there are the characters, whom you would think in a film titled "Me and You and Everyone We Know" would be people that are instantly familiar to everyone. It must have been Miranda's contrived attempt at irony, as I couldn't relate to any of these characters and sincerely hope I never, ever meet anyone like them. "Me and You and Everyone We Know?" Not quite. How about: "Everyone You Don't Know and Hope You Never Meet?" That would have been a more apt title, because if you can relate to any of these characters, it might be time to get some professional help. I can't think of one main character that couldn't be described as completely neurotic. That, and I just couldn't get past the borderline kiddie porn.... just couldn't do it. I'm no right wing Christian conservative either, far from it, but it was over the line for me.

    Overall, it was a very depressing and uncomfortable movie to watch. And this is supposed to be a comedy? Then how come I laughed out loud maybe two or three times throughout the entire film? I think I'll go watch "Little Miss Sunshine" again. I need something pleasant to wash out the awful taste this movie left me with. Most definitely a "love it or hate it" experience, and you know which camp I'm in. If you really want to see it, definitely rent before you buy (wish I had done that). If you're not interested after the first 10-15 minutes, you probably won't be at all....more info
  • Quirky but interesting
    Love Miranda's work. Great job. I did the vocal coaching and love the kids....more info
  • The Flake's Progress
    Honest flakiness is better than ersatz flakiness (e.g., Garden State); it can generate flashes of humor and charm. But it can't sustain a feature-length film, and these ninety minutes of fey inconsequence pass slowly. Compare this movie to Napoleon Dynamite: a clever paean to oddballs made by shrewd and knowing people, versus a twee little valentine to misfits made by a fellow-traveler. ...more info
  • Me Likes It, You Hate It, And Everyone We Know May Have A Different Opinion
    Self-consciously "arty" at every turn, it's easy to see why many people love "Me and You and Everyone We Know"--but it's just as easy for me to see why people also loathe this film. Performance artist Miranda July has fashioned a piece about urban disconnect and lost souls and has populated it with quirky characters and outlandish situations. And while many compare the tone of the film to a Todd Solondz picture, to me it doesn't have quite the same brash in-your-face entertainment style. July's piece is quieter and more contemplative.

    "Quirky" has become the new curse on the indie film scene. There are an abundance of films that work with outlandish character types--we're supposed to be instantly charmed. But for all the films that utilize this formula, few are really successful (for me, two diverse examples would be Solondz's "Happiness" or even "Junebug"). And while July doesn't quite reach those heights, there is still plenty to be admired in her first effort.

    One very smart choice is that everything is underplayed! The situations aren't particularly believable, but the feelings elicited from them have a truth and sweetness. I used the phrase "finding the realness in unreality" in another review, and I think it's apt here too. While I didn't believe many of the plot points were realistic, there was still a thoughtfulness and heart behind them--and I think there are parts of the film that will stay with you.

    The actors are uniformly good. Again, the success of the film rests on it's subtlety. Most of the performances were understated, it was as if life were just unfolding around these characters. Had any of this been played broadly, it would have been disastrous. For those concerned about the elements some label as "child pornography or exploitation," serious minded viewers have nothing to get worked up over. Sexuality and children do not exist in different worlds, as much as some would like--and it's no crime to illustrate a sexual curiosity on film. The intent of the film is clear, there is a purity and innocence within-- even if some are disturbed by the implication.

    I didn't fall in love with this film, but it was never less than interesting. It succeeded in my mind, but it's for a particular audience--and even that audience seems to be divided. Is it pretentious or is it art? Those who know me realize I ask that question a lot--this film leans a little in both directions. It's 3 1/2 stars from me, which I'll round up for nicely nuanced performances from the younger, more unknown actors. KGHarris, 11/06....more info