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Me and You and Everyone We Know
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Directed By
Miranda July

Written By:
Miranda July

Cast:
Ellen Geer, John Hawkes, Miranda July, Brad William Henke, Carlie Westerman, Najarra Townsend, Jordan Potter, Brandon Ratcliff, Jason Rice, Natasha Slayton, Miles Thompson

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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
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Movie Review by Seth C
February 6th, 2006

"Me and You and Everyone We Know" is not a film for everybody (for a clear picture of that fact, check out the film's other reviews right here on matchflick). The film is structured ever so slightly, never really getting a true feel for it's characters or their purpose in life. The film is free-verse, going from scene to scene with no quite clear idea where each character's storyline will end up. It's different, it's certainly original and it maybe one of the most oddest films I have ever seen, yet I adore the hell out of it.

The film which was written, directed and stars Miranda July, whose previous effort was coming up with story for Wayne Wang's terrific "The Center of the World." Her character is Christine, an artist who pays the bills by shuttling elderly folks around in her car. She's sad, she's lonely and, for me at least, her artwork is kind of weird - Then again, I'm no art major. She seems to really just float through life, unsure of what she really wants, that is until she meets John Hawke's Richard character, whose a shoe salesman that says just the right things to her. What he says is one of the wonderful lines in the film: "You think you deserve that pain, but you don't." Of course, he's talking to Christine about the pain her shoes give her, yet it may mean to her the pain she feels in life; the pain of being alone, misunderstood and constantly rejected.

Richard character is going through a seperation of some sorts and has two children, Peter and Robby. Richard loves his children and on the day he's moving out of the family home, he decides to drench his hand with lighter fluid and said it ablaze. He later says he did this because he was trying to save his life, but it didn't work (another great line). He sees the upside of almost everything, believes there is good in everyone, yet he can't seem to relate to his own sons.

His boys spend their free time on adult internet chat rooms talking to an unknown respondant about wanting to poop back and forth forever. The oldest son, Peter, does this just for fun...a way to shock himself at home, while the youngest son, Robby, does this maybe because living in a broken home has slightly messed him up and he needs to feel wanted by someone. And the unkown respondant finds what he says appealing, relatable even.

Yes, Robby is maybe only six and the idea of him corresponding with adult who has a feces fetish is sad and disturbing. Yet, I don't think it's suppose to be. Robby's innocent, which makes the scenes somewhat heartbreaking, yet I believe it's done carefully enough to know Robby's in no real harm. The same goes for the 30-something year old Andrew character who leaves obscene notes on his window for the teenage girls of the neighborhood. Sure, the idea of no one seeming to bat an eye at the fact some guy is plastering creepy notes of his front window is a little strange. However, when it came time for Andrew to come out and play, if you will, we see that he's harmless and not the one in the equation who holds the power.

This film isn't for everyone, that's for sure, but I found it to be endearing and touching. It's odd as hell and usually that would make me want to take my time to destroy the film, however something about this piece of work made me want to embrace it. I really, really enjoy this film. And I hope I'm not alone.

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