All the Real Girls (2003)
Twenty-two-year-old Paul lives with his mother and works as a mechanic in a sleepy North Carolina mill town. Charming, smart, and unambitious, he has a devoted circle of rowdy friends and a reputation as a callous heartbreaker. When he meets his best friend's sister Noel, fresh from boarding school graduation, the two fall into a perfect, real, but terrifying love.
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Critic Reviews for All the Real Girls
Undisciplined, unfocused, overimprovised and unevenly acted.
Much of the film, which so much wants to seem natural and unforced, comes off as contrived and slightly precious.
The characters in All the Real Girls can seem a little thin ... but the emotions always feel genuine.
There's something missing from this slowly paced story of young love, like a painting that's still waiting for its subject to be dropped in.
A love story for those who cannot tolerate the phoniness of Hollywood romance movies, one that deftly avoids melodrama and manipulation in favor of raw emotion.
All Gordon Green can manage are...dreamy images, blunt-edged characters and dialogue, splattered like so-much Cheese Whiz over a shapeless mess of a pseudo-poetic narrative.
Love can be a good thing. It can just as easily be horrible. David Gordon Green's poetic All the Real Girls captures both senses of love - and beautifully to boot.
Captures the almost narcotic sensation of new love...
Obriga o público a passar duas horas ao lado de pessoas absolutamente desinteressantes.
The performances are convincing, and sufficiently nuanced to elevate the characters beyond mere cliché.
Zooey Deschanel, in her first starring role, barely saves this film from the murky bogs of independent dreck.
"All the Real Girls" captures young love as well as any movie ever has.
Its sensibility is almost anachronistic; I'm not sure there's a cynical moment in its 108-minute running time.
There are several moments so sublime, so ineffably and serenely beautiful, that you might be convinced that this sort of relationship could only happen in a dream.
A lot of the dialogue is funny and dumb and sometimes insightful, but there are also moments when something rings so false it feels you're watching an artfully directed episode of Dawson's Creek.
The story takes place in the real world, but the real world as it feels when you're in love or when you watch a great film like, say, this one.
an extraordinary ode to the power of first love and its ability to redeem, even when it involves heartbreak that, in retrospect, was inevitable
The characters just sit there and talk, and you start to feel you're trapped not at a movie but in a tiny diner somewhere, eavesdropping on a lot of uninteresting conversations.
...it is difficult to criticize any movie that can sound the human heart so sure and well.
We are unmistakably in the presence of a love story, enriched and imbued with local color [yet] I could feel myself straining to love a film that in actuality I merely liked.
One of those movies you're sure you're supposed to like, and then you wind up not liking it so much.
Audience Reviews for All the Real Girls
A man pursues his friend's sister, a match frowned upon because of his promiscuous past.
Paul Schneider delivers a sensitive portrayal of Paul, and his romantic scenes with Zooey Deschanel are quite charming. What I liked about the film was how relateable that relationship was.
Typical of indie films, All the Real Girls is filled with long pauses and understated scenes that fail to state much. I also have several plot questions. I have no idea why Noel chooses the person she chooses in the third act, and because we never see Paul being a rake and he never goes back to his old behavior, it's hard to believe all the rumors about his character flaws.
Overall, I think I like this film more than it deserves mainly because the two leads seemed like people I know or could know.
What the hell David Gordon Green? You make the highness and the sitter instead of making more films like this?? This is actually a raw powerhouse film that shows how amazing zooey descahnel and Paul schnieder are. The story is simplistic but the acting and the direction of the film are what makes a contemporary classic. Huge fan of this film!More
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