With repetitive and cliche ideas throughout romantic films nowadays, there comes a movie to flip this concept on its head. An unconventional romantic dramedy about an intertwined cast of characters going through their lives exploring different levels of romance and how it alters them.
The film involves several subplots to create one whole story. Recently divorced Richard, who is left emotionally damaged, soon starts an awkward relationship with Christine, a wannabe contemporary artist, yet Richard struggles to accept a new relationship. Richard’s sons, Peter and Robby, soon begin to experiment with romance when they come across a woman in a chatroom who they become attracted with. Richard’s neighbor and co-worker, Andrew, becomes infatuated with two girls whom he met only once and he begins to leave letters on his window knowing that they would come by to read them.
The movie does an exceptional job of portraying the damaging effects of a divorce and how it takes a toll on a person. It also shows how uncomfortable people manage to become when it comes to social interactions with people who they are unfamiliar with.
The film holds some awkward moments, but instead of using them as gags, they build upon them creating memorable scenes. The dialogue in the film is blunt; most times when characters want something, they tend to be straight forward. This makes the movie feel more outlandish but with a hint of reality behind it.
At a runtime of 95 minutes, the film takes a different approach on romance by making things uncomfortable for all of its characters, while keeping the tone to the movie light and sweet. The movie doesn’t try to make romance seem like a fairy tale, but instead paints it in a more real light by showing that at times it acts weird and one-sided even.
The film showcases a different but more realistic side of love that most major release movies tend to shy away from. Director-writer and star Miranda July steps outside of known territory to give the public a film about love that’s weird, uncomfortable and comedic but ultimately sweet in its own way, which makes it more memorable than most romantic movies in the present day.
“Me and You and Everyone We Know” rates a four out of five on the ratings scale.