Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
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…
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…
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.
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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…
Despite my longstanding membership in the Paul Schneider Fan Club, I had not seen this. Well, he's great in it (that first scene!), and Deschanel does fairly well under the loosey-goosey circumstances. And I was always rep for more nuanced portrayals of the smalltown South. But toward the end some of the emotional beats feel more staged and self-conscious than they should. George Washington gave the lie to the notion that young filmmakers don't draw on Malick, but Green isn't Malick, and that starts to become clear here.
Non ho sul serio capito se questo film sia confuso o semplicemente abbia confuso me. Dopo una prima parte solida, nella seconda ho perso completamente il filo del discorso. Pur non essendo un film che consiglierei a casaccio, l'ho comunque trovato pieno di piccole gemme, come alcuni dettagli di Paul Schneider, la scena del ballo dei clown, e in generale la fotografia. Molto, molto particolare.
Not for the cynical, requiring that you believe in young love and stray lines like “I’m looking at that bucket thinking why haven’t you kissed me?” or "I like the way you look at me,” requiring that you like characters that possess borderline parodic indie afflictions, like Zooey saying that she had a dream where “we made peanut butter” or a quirky discussion of carbohydrate properties. That stuff is probably indefensible, but I still dig this collage of dreamy romanticism: the way the lovers carve out a shield of positivity amongst all the crap is something that I think a rural upbringing helps to put across; also their ephemeral high coming to a crash is very real, especially when few…
Does anyone have the phone number for The Criterion Collection?
After watching George Washington, I expected more from All the Real Girls. I should have come prepared to watch another movie of a very different type. All the Real Girls is not George Washington, but it is something special.
This film makes you miss relationships you never had and makes you terrified of the ones you will have.
That Zooey Deschanel immediately went on to star in Elf after her stellar performance in All the Real Girls breaks my fucking heart.
Absolutely adore this film. The cinematography, the performances, the score. This is a movie that gets it right. I wish it were more known and David Gordon Greene could have done stuck more to this than comedies like "Your Highness" and "The Sitter".
If you haven't seen this you really should.
David Gordon Green's amazing follow up to his feature debut see's Paul Schneider and Zooey Deschanel exploring a, relatively, young love.
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