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.
Does anyone have the phone number for The Criterion Collection?
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.
this movie demolished my heart.
This movie is some kind of miracle. I'm glad it exists in my life and that I can watch it a dozen times, and feel all the feelings humanly possible. And Jesus, how hard I cry when Uncle Leland's daughter describes a dream to her father. I cry about four times total. And that dream has nothing to do with the plot but like most things in this movie -- it's just pitch-perfect sublime as a separate moment, lost in time. If you don't love this movie, I understand but I am also sorry.
Keep in mind that when I was 18 and fell in love for the first time, the events depicted in the film happened to me. But…
Good, but not the best. Needed to speed up a little bit.
α. η εκδίκηση είναι ένα πιάτο που τρώγεται κρύο, πολύ κρύο
β. άσε μας ρε Ζωίτσα να πούμε
A Deschanel performance that needs to be seen.
A sweet and honest portrait of love among young people. Pretty much everybody gives good performances with Zooey Deschanel being a standout.
Almost as good as "Your Highness."
Re-watched this since it was available On Demand. It didn't resonate as much with me as it did when I first saw it, but I'm about 10 years older now. Still, it's good and realistic.
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.
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