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Imagine Me & You (2005) – His Review September 9, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Drama, Movies, Romance.
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I can't see me loving this movie

Dir. Ol Parker

Starring Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Darren Boyde etc.

If you love the archetypical british comedies that Working Title have brought you, you shouldn’t be sitting there reading this. You should go to the video store and buy this movie. Then you should take it outside, throw it on the sidewalk, pour gasoline on it and light it on fire. You’d be doing the world, and the reputation of british cinema a big favor.

How something can use “all the right things” and go so wrong is beyond me. I mean it has two hot lesbians in it, how bad can it be? The answer is “pretty damn bad”.

Imagine Me & You uses the nice super-real cinematography we’ve seen before, the same loveable minor characters (Anthony Head as the permanently tortured and subdued dad is the only good thing in it), and the cheesy ending that’s meant to pull you in. Why doesn’t it work? I’m pretty sure it’s because Working Title isn’t behind this, but instead it’s a litter of copycats. It’s no Love Actually in any way, mostly because the clichés are so blatant and annoying, and – in spite of it’s lesbian twist – not twisted in the least.

So yeah, It’s poo and I stepped in it, but I’m giving you a heads up. If you decide to see it anyway, at least don’t wipe it off on your friends.

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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Imagine Me & You (2005) – Her Review September 9, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Drama, Movies, Romance.
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Imagine ME and you

Dir. Ol Parker
Starring Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode and Anthony Head

On her wedding day, Rachel (Piper Perabo), betrothed to Heck (Matthew Goode), and actually walking down the aisle to marry him, momentarily exchanges glances with Luce (Lena Headey) the wedding florist. They immediately feel a connection. Heck’s best man, Ned (Darren Boyd) also feels a certain something for this smart woman, so different from the women he’s used to.

A short while after the wedding, Rachel visits Luce at her florist shop and invites her to a dinner party at their house. She tells her husband that it’s the perfect ruse to bring Ned and Luce together, but we already sense that she is intrigued by Luce and would like to get to know her better herself. We soon find out that Luce is a lesbian and although Ned believes that anyone can switch teams (well, except for himself, of course) we already know it’s not going to happen.

Luce is attracted to Rachel, Rachel is attracted to Luce and both try to hold off because neither want to hurt Heck, who is a really nice guy.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Everyone in this movie is likeable enough and although it’s a cute romance story with a different twist and although I have nothing against same sex couples getting together, I had a hard time with the idea that we just drop someone like a hot potato the moment our eye catches someone else’s. Maybe it’s because I’ve had this happen to me… getting left makes you feel like you are trash. It hit home. The movie tries to candy it up by having her tell him how she feels … how she is going to be a martyr and stay with him although she’s in love with someone else. I don’t care if she is in love with a woman or a man, or if this other person is nice or not. She spends 2 afternoons with this woman and dumps her husband… who, believe me, is handsome and kind and very loving towards her. Yes, I guess you can say, well… he shouldn’t stay with someone who doesn’t love him, and you’d be right… but he doesn’t even get a chance, does he now? … and he’s too much of a nice guy to step in her way.

The ending shows us everyone getting on with their wonderful lives and that’s supposed to make us feel that everything just gets fixed easily… it’s all fine and dandy. Of course, it also makes you forget the pain that would have really existed. I’m very much on the line about this movie… because the acting was exceptionally good; there were many funny moments, many heartfelt moments… and some with people feeling guilty and awkward and I felt that from them, but it also angered me cause of personal experience and it made me realize how scarred and scared I am that this could happen to me again.

This is Her review, you can read His review here .

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Saving Grace (2000) August 6, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Movies.
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Drugs are bad, mmkay?

Dir. Nigel Cole
Starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin Clunes

After years of no sex, Grace finally gets screwed by her husband, when he dies and leaves her £300.000+ in debt.

Saving Grace is a charming tale of marijuana cultivation in rural Britain. Grace, with the help of some friends and her green fingers, devises a plan to solve her monetary problems – a bit of homegrown hemp. While dodging debt collectors, vicars and nosey policemen the crew fill Grace’s greenhouse to the brim with illegal plants. There’s tons of drug references in this movie. No kidding. It’s all handled in a way that no sane individual could criticize though, and it’s all very very funny. It’s disarmingly direct and doesn’t paint things in black and white.

Corn Flakes gets you high, You're Scottish!, We need a weed-whacker

Craig Ferguson, the Hank Azaria look-alike you may know from The Drew Carey Show is great as the bumpy scottish shoulder Grace gets to lean on. And of course, Brenda Blethyn proves she’s one of the funniest and most diverse actresses in britain.

This movie was rated R in the US, PG in Canada, and ‘from 7 and up’ in most of Europe. I don’t know if that speaks more of the political climate relating to drugs, or how obsessive compulsive MPAA is. Come on, movies don’t make kids start smoking weed, the kids’ incendiary friends do ;).

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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Saving Grace (2000) August 6, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Movies.
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Very Special Tea Blend

Dir. Nigel Cole
Starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin Clunes

What’s a widow to do when she learns that not only did her dearly departed not leave her any money, he has also left her in terrible debt? Grace (Brenda Blethyn) has never held a job, and there’s not much chance of her being able to do something that would cover the 300,000 pounds that she needs to gather quickly or risk losing her beautiful home.

They say when one door closes, a window opens. Grace has got quite the green thumb and a hothouse full of difficult to grow, orchids to prove it. Here’s where Matthew (Craig Ferguson) comes in. He’s her grounds keeper and he approaches Grace for a private consultation as he has been having a wee bit of a problem growing his own private stash of pot plants! Learning that the plant is worth it’s weight in gold she throws out all the orchids and embarks on a “joint” venture with Matthew to grow enough weed to quickly raise the money to save her home.

The comedy that ensues is low-key yet hilarious. The town Grace lives in is tiny and full of quirky and fun individuals including 2 little old ladies that own a variety shop who do their darndest not to charge Grace for anything because they know she’s having financial problems. This is where this movie has all it’s strength: in the sweet warm characters that invade your heart and make you smile with their warmth and generosity as you want to join with them as they cheer Grace on.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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