Me and You and Everyone We Know
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A handful of disparate characters, both adults and children, find themselves navigating the tricky waters of intimacy in this award-winning independent comedy drama. Richard (John Hawkes) is a recent divorcé who is alternately exhilarated and terrified with his life and the world around him. While he believes great things are in store for him, he's also become so despondent about his wife's departure that he attempts to set his hand on fire. Richard meets Christine (Miranda July) at the shoe store where he works; Christine likes to paint a picture of herself as a stylish and confident video artist, but in truth she supports herself as a driver with a car service for the elderly, and she'd very much like to meet someone special. As Richard and Christine fumble their way into a relationship, Richard's two sons have issues of their own. Seven-year-old Robby (Brandon Ratcliff) has met someone in an Internet chat room who responds to his naïve and scatological perceptions of sex, while 14-year-old Peter (Miles Thompson) finds himself on the receiving end of unusual and unexpected attention from two girls in his class. Me and You and Everyone We Know was the first feature film written and directed by noted performance artist Miranda July; the picture won prizes in 2005 at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 111
- Fresh: 90
- Rotten: 21
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It seems quite possible that Me and You marks the arrival of an artist who may affect -- disturbingly yet helpfully -- films and audiences to come.
Fresh: Director Miranda July just might be the year's most exciting film discovery.
Fresh: First-time feature director July's success has a great deal to do with her bold embrace of childhood and its gnarly truths.
Rotten: Here's a perfectly twee little romance all but smothered in a blanket of indie 'edge.'
A simple, great film
I heard great things about Miranda July as a performance artist in the Pacific Northwest. This is her feature film debut, and it is a great one. The characters are strange and situations sometimes become very uncomfortable (and brush borders of taboo subjects) but is also hysterical. The performances she gets out of the kids in this film are amazing, and when seeing this at the Seattle International Film Festival, there were times when everyone around me was laughing til they cried. It's a simple movie, dealing with very specific people (strange only in a way most people secretly are)... and I highly recommend it.
Brave, Unique Story
Miranda makes us focus on simple truths. Her idea of a hero, her theme of a love conquest, and her powerful reminder of how unique we all are despite our shared human nature, are all submersed in the artistically portrayed cycles of action and reaction between the characters in this film. They are all real people, people who resemble who we are. This film reminds us to look around us in our own conquests for hope, understanding, love, and inspiration. The answers to our questions in life are often a lot closer and less dazzling to us than we may think, and the lessons learned while seeking them will help us grow closer to who we want to be.
okay, but not as good as i've heard
I went to see this film after all my friends said that it was remarkable. However, I was greatly dissapointed. Sure it was creative, but at the same time I was constantly thinking about WHY these characters were doing what they were doing and I just didn't get it. I think there is an audience for this film, but I don't think its for the everyday movie goer