All the Real Girls
Love is a puzzle. These are the pieces.
In a small North Carolina town, Paul, a womanizer, meets Noel, a confused intellectual returning home for the first time in years since she left for boarding school. The film depicts the typical romance of a good girl and a bad boy, in an interesting way.
"If anybody smiles at me ever again, I'm going to freak out."
Where as George Washington is about being a child, All the Real Girls is about being in love. It is a simple film that deals with all the complexities that come with being in love. The performances by everyone are superb, with Zooey Deschanel giving the best performance she has ever given. Her role here is a far cry from what she is doing now, and I cannot imagine the (500) Days of Summer Deschanel every doing a role like this. It is too bad that she didn't continue on the course of being a serious actress, as I bet she would have a little golden man sitting on her mantel by now.
Anyway, I love hanging with the characters in this film, I love watching David Gordon Green's direction, and I just love spending time in this world.
Easily my all-time favorite romantic drama about first love and breaking up that I've ever seen. It could be due to the fact that a couple of events that take place in this actually happened to me in real life, but this movie still destroys me every single time I see it. Easily in my top 20 favorite films of all time.
I really enjoyed this first time around...
Still I haven't exactly hurried to get around to a new visit. Somewhere deep down I felt there was more than a fair chance I wouldn't appreciate it as much the second time, and sadly I was a bit too spot on.
There's a lot of greatness here, so it's still well worth asking where David Gordon Green's talent went. His latest movies haven't exactly lit a fire under my ass.
All the Real Girls have some excellent scenes with realistic and hauntingly honest portrayals, but it leaves a lot open for us to fill in as well. It's glimpses and excerpts of the full story, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.…
You know when the opening scene has you completely hooked and you're anticipating that the positive feedback for a movie will be completely in tune with your own feelings on it? That was All the Real Girls. Then bit by bit I grew less and less enamoured of it until by the end I almost hated the movie.
How did this happen? Well for those of you who are aware of David Gordon Green's stoner flicks you would be wrong to think that it is filled potheads barely able to construct sentences that caused my dissatisfaction. It was largely a combination of Paul Schneider in the lead role and some pretty dodgy script work.
My initial thoughts might have said…
Oh boy, I really wanted to love this film. It had just about all the right stuff for me to declare my undying love and devotion for it.
But Zooey Deschanel… she just killed it. And I know it's fashionable to make fun of her or whatever, but she is genuinely a bad actor. She always seems self aware and conscious that she is acting, when anyone talks to her you don't see her as her character taking in the information and responding to it, you just see her eyes trying to be as big and cute as possible and behind them the cogs turning, trying to think of what needs to be said next.
One question, was Deschanel's character…
I love how unpretentious it is. Its screenplay is bursting with truth and the performances are sensational.
It's rare that I see a movie that so perfectly works, is so moving and beautiful and affecting and timeless, and I can't at all articulate why. There's just something intangible about the way All the Real Girls floats along, with its soft Fujifilm look and completely sincere tenderness, that makes it one of the best.
Doesn't quite hit the heights of something like Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me, and the quirkier aspects somewhat fall flat but I found this to be a quite affecting film nonetheless.
Thank you Letterboxd, I would have missed this movie without you.
This movie is trying real hard to rise above romantic movie cliches and indie movie cliches, which is a tough double whammy to overcome. There are times when it does and times that it does not. I like that it doesn't give in to the type of plot twists you'd expect. It doesn't give you what you want, and it tries really hard to be genuine. There are scenes in the movie that are really interesting--you can see that this cast gets along well and plays off each other's energy--but they don't necessarily add much to the movie. In the end, there are things in this movie that I was really compelled by, but also stuff that seemed a little contrived and forced. But, it definitely makes me interested in David Gordon Green and the work he's pushing for.
One of those picks that, despite its minor flaws, strikes me in a personal and visceral way. I love it.
I fell asleep near the end of this one so I think I missed out on a lot of crucial dialogue but it was still pretty enjoyable!
the opening scene is one of the most haunting things to emerge from indie cinema
If George Washington didn't cement the notion that David Gordon Green was an ambitious, careful new writer-director, his sophomore film All the Real Girls should do the honors. Here is a soft, warm, and often frighteningly realistic portrayal of a young relationship in the south, burdened by pasts no one wants to talk about and futures no one is really sure of. This is yet another film where Green magnifies tight-knit relationships in seemingly desolate communities.
The film stars Paul Schneider and Zooey Deschannel (who, with short hair in later scenes, looks strikingly like actress Greta Gerwig) as Paul and Noel. Paul lives with his mother, who works as a clown at children's hospitals, and has a reputation for being…