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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.
So Zooey Deschanel can act. I mean, she's not mind blowing in this, but there wasn't a goddamned quirk in sight. I'm pleasantly surprised. It's weird to watch this now as three of its leads have all been significant parts of recent sitcoms, for better or worse, yet they are giving more or less decent dramatic performances here. (A fourth lead is featured in a major HBO drama that I don't watch and thus can't much comment on, but I think his character's dead at this point.)
Anyway. This sort of hit a couple too many stereotypical romance points on its way to a fine ending, but it executed most of them well enough. I worried for a bit that…
Does anyone have the phone number for The Criterion Collection?
This is how you start off a new year. DGG is rocketing up my list of favorite directors. There's something about this movie.. it kind of floats around like a dream from scene to scene, at times without quite making sense how we got there, but at the same time it all feels so real. No iron lock could keep the truth in here contained. It seeps through cracks all over the place and you just know it's real.
I'd only ever seen one of David Gordon Green's film, Your Highness, a film so full of knob jokes I could feel my IQ dropping as I watched it. This film from 2003 however had a good reputation despite the presence of self-styled "manic pixie dream-girl" Zooey Deschanel.
A refreshingly honest account of a young girl's first brush with love, this is a slow-burning film with plenty of intimate scenes that for once prove that Deschanel really can act. When her brother's best friend shows an interest in her after she returns to their North Carolina small town, there is more said with looks than with words. Her virginal good girl who falls for a small town womanizer starts well…
My heart is in my throat.
The BEFORE SUNRISE of small Southern town modesty. A young Zooey Deschanel and Paul Schneider are heartbreaking in their definitive chemistry, with a surprising earnestness that lends the entire film an improvisational, realistic feeling. David Gordon Green delivers here through the style he's best at, detailing the circumstances of love in a depressive, movingly inarticulate work. It's typical of Green's best films to uncover the brilliance of the human condition through characters that aren't conventionally smart, and ALL THE REAL GIRLS is a glowing example of this.
It's films like this that remind me how much I love the romance genre when it affects me. Further, it's hard not to think what Zooey Deschanel's…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Why don't you put your fuckin' hair back on and come back? Just come on back."
Only #2 on the David Gordon Green list but the guy is quickly climbing my charts. His visual style matches the humble and naturalistic poetry of his dialog. And in this one, he absolutely nails so many things about love and confusion and relationships. The early Paul/Noel scenes, their love building, are just perfect, so real and so much passion, so many dumb lines and silly laughs. This is how it really is. It doesn't matter what they say to each other, that so much of it is nonsense, because they're fascinated by the new feelings the other one stirs in them.
Then the fallout, the compensation, the reinvention -- it's spot on. I haven't been touched, made nostalgic or angered from a film like this since I was broken myself, and open, and everything spoke volumes to me just by being.
"Last night I had a dream that you grew a garden on the trampoline and I was so happy that I invented peanut butter"
Non ce l'ho fatta a finirlo. Le commedie indie-quirky-romantiche mi hanno stufato, sono tutte uguali nel loro cercare di essere uniche, mi infastidiscono, vedo gente nei commenti qui su letterboxd che parla di miglior interpretazione di Zooey Deschanel e mi chiedo se abbiamo visto lo stesso film.
...and after a rewatch I'm able to quantify my thoughts a little more concisely.
I have never before seen a film thats visual aesthetic matched the romantic arc of a character so keenly.
In the first half of the film (which is near perfect) the film seduces, I, the viewer with such a luscious colour palette and intuition with cinematography that I will no doubt steal from it soon. This seduction is absolutely paramount to the success for the film because it gives an aesthetic context to the romantic couple of the film - it is my firm belief, and maybe even a long essay one day, that watching a film belonging to the romance genre does not involve witnessing…
This film is so aesthetically perfect that it should be labelled as cinematic pornography
Think a more carefully shot Dazed & Confused for the middle class. Nicely paced, realistic characters, and some great performances from a young cast who nearly all have gone on to bigger things.
You can take the simplest of concepts, such as falling in love, and if you have a high enough caliber microscope, hopefully light will be shone on complexities in its DNA that haven't been said before. That is All the Real Girls to me, a film so simple, so done a million times, but also so unique in the feelings it presents. In many ways it feels edited like a New Hollywood film.
All The Real Girls is comparable to a joke that only a handful of people will get. Those who do not get the joke will simply disregard and never return. The few that get the joke, however, will cherish it and pass it along to all those that will respect it. Most know David Gordon Green for his recent success in Pineapple Express, but before he was toying with the Judd Apatow crew, Green was producing this masterpiece. All The Real Girls is Green’s version of Varsity Blues, with family, friends, and young love encapsulating a huge portion of the film (minus the football aspect of Blues).
Paul Schneider gains my utmost respect, delivering a career starting performance as Paul,…
As much as I sympathize with the David Gordon Green characteristics, I can not find may way inside this lukewarm story. For just as undistinguished I find this human social study, equally fascinated I become of the soundtrack. DGG's musical taste is so outstanding.
David Gordon Green’s All the Real Girls, his second feaure film, is another poetic, lovely, thoughtful take on small-town North Carolina life to rival his terrific debut, George Washington (2000).
Paul Schneider (who co-conceived the story with Green) plays Paul, a lothario who sleeps with all the girls in town and then dumps them quickly and not particularly tactfully (“I think I hate you too”). He hangs out with his two best friends: the hard-working and hard-drinking Tip (Shea Whigham) and comic relief Bust-Ass (Danny McBride), and occasionally helps his mom (Patricia Clarkson) as a clown for hire at the local children’s hospital.
When Tip’s sister Noel (the lovely Zooey Deschanel) comes back to town from boarding school, Paul is…
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