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Getting to Know You (2000)

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Getting to Know You takes place one afternoon in a bus station as siblings Judith and Wesley, virtually abandoned by their parents, wait for buses going in two different directions. As they silently sit, Judith is befriended by Jimmy because she is the only one willing to listen to his tall tales about other people in the station. He fabricates a detailed story about a naive woman's trip to an intimidating Atlantic City, working from fragmented details he has overheard in the coffee shop. His storytelling becomes a game when he sees a pretty woman alone, waiting for her bus, and describes to Judith the events leading up to that moment. Director Lisanne Skyler, whose documentary, No Loans Today, screened at Sundance in 1995, uses a bold and innovative structure to depict the stories within the film. They possess such detail and innocent beauty that it is easy to forget they are not totally real. Instead, they express the characters' fears about love and abandonment and act as a device to bring their personal stories to the surface. Told by Judith, the last tale is a true story about the way Judith and Wesley were made to feel guilty and responsible for all of their parents' unfulfilled dreams. It becomes clear why they are alone as well as what holds them together. In the end, the characters learn that opening up to someone else helps you discover yourself.

Cast

Zach Braff
as Wesley
Mark Blum
as Darrell
Bo Hopkins
as Officer Caminetto
Mary McCormack
as Leila Lee
Jacob Reynolds
as Lamar Pike Jr.
Leo Burmester
as Lamar Pike Sr.
Celia Weston
as Bottle Lady
Craig Anthony Grant
as Ticket Clerk
Dilyn Cassel
as Young Mother
Richard Bright
as Lotto Man
Tom Gilroy
as Jimmy's Father
Rich T. Alliger
as Blackjack Skeptic
Peggy Gormley
as Leila's Neighbor
Jonathan Hogan
as Trix's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Getting to Know You

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Heather Matarazzo of Welcome to the Dollhouse stars as a teenage girl who tries to find humanity at an upstate bus station as it evaporates in her own family

April 29, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Skylers' collaboration is nothing short of a 21st-century version of Rebel Without a Cause.

November 13, 2001 | Full Review…

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