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A man finds himself having to decide between one of two women — not once, but twice — in this independent drama. In 1993, Coles (Mark Ruffalo) is a film student at Sarah Lawrence where he meets two fellow undergrads, Thea (Kathleen Robertson) and Sam (Maya Stange). Coles and Sam come together and Thea fades out of the picture. In time, Sam tires of Coles' aimlessly hedonistic attitude, and they break up. Ten years later, Coles, after a failed career in feature films, is doing animation for an advertising agency and living with his girlfriend, Claire (Petra Wright); Thea helps run a successful restaurant with her husband, Miles (David Thornton); and Sam, smarting from a bad breakup, returns to New York after several years in London. Coles runs into Sam and discovers he still has strong feelings for her, but has to decide if they're strong enough to break off his relationship with Claire. XX/XY was the first feature film from writer/director Austin Chick.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 62
- Fresh: 27
- Rotten: 35
- Average Rating: 5.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A sexy, emotionally true portrait of a handful of people wrestling with their impulses and trying to find their way to happiness.
Rotten: If this were a cocktail party, you'd be back home with a good book already.
Fresh: Ruffalo continues to be one of the most intriguing actors of his generation.
Rotten: You can make a movie in which all the characters are unsympathetic, but this trio is uninteresting, to boot.
Do we all just settle in the end?
Although not a typical movie I would watch, this film surprised me tremendously with the amount of symbolism and ideas of love intertwined into the story. This film shows the different aspects of revenge, love, and settling and leaves the viewer with an unsatisfied ending. Even with this questionable ending, the film in some ways helps us restore our faith in love, because Chick allows to insert our own ideas of what love is and decide for ourselves how the movie truly concludes. Claire makes such a powerful statement about making choices and it opens the doors to finding what love should essentially be and feel like; is it purely physical, or is it about the real emotional commitment? Is there a difference between love and being IN love? XX/XY is a great film to watch if one is trying to form concepts about life, love and happiness.
its not the greatest...... i would rather watch barney
the worst movie i have ever seen, mark ruffalo's worst role ever.