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.
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…
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'm immersed and obliterated into a thousand different pieces every single time I watch this.
It remains one of the handful of movies that are truly essential to me.
I'm still digesting this movie. It's quite brilliant I think, in surprisingly subtle ways.
It reminded me of the movie Hud with Paul Newman. Maybe it was just the similarities between Patricia Clarkson as Elvira and Patricia Neal as Alma, but I think the films are kind of inversely related.
I decided to check this film out after liking the directors previous film Joe so much. Unfortunately whilst this has a great cast (before most of them had really made it), I did find a lot of the dialogue to be a bit stretched out and the film felt very slow.
There are a lot of comedy actors in this but also didn't find the film to be particularly funny.
"And when, you know, when people from before come up I want you to understand what they hate when they see me."
"You keep getting older and you never die."
All The Real Girls, David Gordon Green's impossibly good debut, is above all else transcendent. Oftentimes jarring in its stylistic flourishes, the film is obsessed with the idea of aging, with maturing, and the notion that our every relationship, whether big or small, aids the slow chiseling out of our true selves. Paul Schneider is a small-time womanizer who finds in Zooey Deschanel's Noel something valuable: meaningful intimacy. He sees in Noel chance to better himself and a chance to prove wrong all his critics- chief among them the women…
I came to this movie after thoroughly enjoying Prince Avalanche and reading that the DGG thing had been happening for many years. While nowhere near as enjoyable as Prince Avalance, All The Real Girls has some curious whiffs of indie whimsy that mask its true intentions. It's also totally batshit going back to a 10-year-old movie that has both Zoooeoeoeoey Deschanel and Danny McBride before they found their highly successful pigeonholes into which they have since crawled and became firmly wedged in recent years.
On a side note I have accepted that for all eternity I will be unable to distinguish Paul Schneider and Jim Krasinski.
maybe a little more precious than I remembered, but still gets to me
David Gordon Green before Your Highness! DGD is an indie filmmaker, and though Pineapple Express was great, Your Highness and The Sitter quickly proved his hand is better at Independent movies--and more serious ones at that.
All the Real Girls furthers this proof. Seeing Zoe Deschanel before she became nothing more than the Manic Pixie Trope Girl is really fascinating too, and so much better (almost strange to see her as real person instead of a trope).
It's also hard to say why I liked this movie--it had an odd passive style that felt right for the characters and the setting, like they kind of just let things happen to them without reacting or knowing how to react.
So, that's what I got. I really liked the movie, and I can't quite tell you why. After a few viewings, I will.
A small-town womanizer tries his hardest to prove to everyone that he's really in love with his friend's sister. David Gordon Green makes another great small-town film. The screenplay elicits a wide range of feelings which are handled capably by our lead actors. While Paul Schneider, also one of the screenwriters, can be a little dry, it's a young Zooey Deschanel who is the heart of the film as the virgin in love. This was before her quirky phase, so I was surprised that she could play something out of her current range. She's beautiful, witty, and devastating as Noel. I'd highly advise you see this.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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