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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 is the greatest film ever made. This is an absolutely perfect film. It feels so honest & real. It's pure cinematic excellence.
So upsetting now that I've fallen in love.
Probably the only film Deschanel has done that is worth a goddamn
This movie wrung so many emotions out of me in such a non-manipulative manner that I'm kind of at a loss for words. All I can say is, this is a fantastic film.
For me, this remains David Gordon Green and Paul Schneider's masterpiece, with the greatest Zooey Deschanel performance at its warm, engrossing center. It's hilarious and weird, as well as peculiarly and intuitively near to my experience in life - all girded by an ensemble of actors that are perfect. Shea Whigham, Patricia Clarkson, Maurice Compte, Schneider, Danny McBride, Deschanel, the amazing late Eddie Rouse - all beautiful, all fascinating, all sweet. I love this movie so profoundly.
"If anybody ever smiles at me again, I'm gonna freak out."
Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister.
Characters that I don't care about or find interesting. I love Independent film-making but this hits all the wrong notes for me.
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