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Rid of Me (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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From writer/director James Westby comes Rid of Me, a black comedy that follows Meris, an awkward young woman trying too hard to perfect her marriage, amongst a new group of friends. With a breakthrough lead performance by Katie O'Grady, and an ensemble that includes Art Alexakis (of Everclear) and Theresa Russell, Rid of Me follows Meris' rejection from the cool crowd down a path towards truth and salvation which includes a job at a local candy shop, a group of punk friends, community gardening

Unrated,

Comedy

James Westby

$10.4k

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This hectoring visual style becomes particularly irritating in combination with his rigid social stereotyping.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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O'Grady is very good, but she can't make the hard-to-watch Rid of Me dramatically credible.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Unconvincing tale of self-empowerment has attitude and anxiety but nothing underneath.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Westby's nervy story is like "Desperately Seeking Susan" played straight. Let's hope O'Grady's next film meets this one's potential.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Comes at you like a horror movie before settling down into something quieter but equally skin crawling.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Think of it as a coming-of-age story ten years too late.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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O'Grady is miraculous, but "Rid of Me" is more ordinary stuff.

December 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The beginning may have you wanting to bolt, but stick around, like its heroine does, and you'll be surprised by and drawn into this director's sick but quite relatable vision.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's a bittersweet ode to downward mobility and letting go that's a throwback to a time when slackerdom was more of a lifestyle choice than something forced upon you by grim economic realities.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

"Rid of Me" is a dud.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

At once hopelessly amateurish and given to desperate assertions of auterist "virtuosity", the film seems as lost as its perpetually confused and gratingly childlike protagonist.

November 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Director James Westby breathes life in the suburban satire (hipsters don't come off that well either) and also brings a caffeinated jolt to micro-budget Northwestern filmmaking.

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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