Love, Ludlow (2004)
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Well intentioned small movie. I liked it rather than loved it, have to admit to a bit of boredom mid way through and distraction, but by the end it had sucked me in again. Myra (Alicia Goranson) is a spiky 22 year old who lives with her brother, Ludlow, who appears to be autistic or has some other mental problem. Their mother committed suicide many years back, and the father does not seem to be on the scene. When Reggie, a guy from the office she works in asks her out, Ludlow becomes jealous and unreasonable. It is a very small film, as previously stated, but I did like it, and though the strangeness of all the characters took some getting used to, it's quirks did grow on me. My main reason for purchasing this one was to see Alicia Goranson - she was my favourite "Becky" on Roseanne, and I was interested to see her do another character. I can't say she is the most convincing actress in all honesty, but there is something about her. The DVD itself was a crashing disappointment - rarely have I seen such a poor transfer - it is grainy and the picture flicks dark then bright. Not a help in appreciating this movie, I have to say.
A sweet and tender love story that brings two unlikely loners together in a way that feels natural, not forced in any way. As one character says, "We've had one kiss and two fights." Myra (Alicia Grayson) is a cute, feisty New Yorker, working as a temp at a nebulous office, who has primary care responsibilities for her mentally ill brother, Ludlow (Brendan Sexton III). David Eigenberg (who played Steve on Sex and the City) plays to type as Reggie, a mousy junior executive who takes an interest in Myra and gets relationship advice from a buffoon, Storkelson (Jay Patterson). The laughs are pretty low key, and there are times when Ludlow's antics seem overly childish and staged, but the way these two characters feel each other out, and dodge and feint, and the obstacles they have to overcome make the viewer feel invested in seeing them find happiness together and serve to overcome any of these minor quibbles.
Interesting movie, very touching!
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