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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 90 | Rotten: 21

Miranda July's debut feature is a charmingly offbeat and observant film about people looking for love.

84

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 6

Miranda July's debut feature is a charmingly offbeat and observant film about people looking for love.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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'Me and You and Everyone We Know' is a poetic and penetrating observation of how people struggle to connect with one another in an isolating and contemporary world. Christine Jesperson is a lonely artist and "Eldercab" driver who uses her fantastical artistic visions to draw her aspirations and objects of desire closer to her. Richard Swersey (John Hawkes), a newly single shoe salesman and father of two boys, is prepared for amazing things to happen. But when he meets the captivating Christine,

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Miranda July

Oct 11, 2005

$3.7M

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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (21) | DVD (20)

It seems quite possible that Me and You marks the arrival of an artist who may affect -- disturbingly yet helpfully -- films and audiences to come.

August 10, 2005
The New Republic
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Here's a perfectly twee little romance all but smothered in a blanket of indie 'edge.'

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comment (1)
Orlando Sentinel
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These characters are sympathetic.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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July is without a doubt a brave new talent in the creatively beleaguered world of American cinema.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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July's suspiciously contrived awkwardness notwithstanding, the picture is at its best when it cleaves to her experimental video aesthetic; framing the mundane with the wonder of a child-like perspective.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Much of this is far too precious - it's mostly for adults who impulsively put socks on their ears, as a character does here.

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

This wobbly low fidelity romantic comedy is filled with distinctly unlikable characters and an unsubstantiated use of child sexuality that further clouds the film's morally rudderless course.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (6)
ColeSmithey.com

breaks through its own whimsical stylisation to touch you in unexpected and mysterious ways.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A clever screenwriter and inspired director, July takes us places no other filmmaker has ever visited.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Precious with a capital 'P.'

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Micro budget, no-name cast, but a movie with boundless imagination.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Me and You and Everyone We Know is as unexpected as life itself.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

With a film like Me and You and Everyone We Know there is much to talk about afterward, and half the fun is in its dissection.

October 7, 2005

In a time in which the big screen is cluttered with retreads of old TV shows... July's film is an oasis of offbeat observations and provocative humor.

September 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A journey from sexual innocence to youthful curiosity, middle-aged disconnection and finally death in the magical simultaneity of screen time.

August 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Life-affirming; a wonderfully serene treat of a film that you'd be sorry to miss.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

The uneven romantic drama veers from raunchy comedy situations to making keen observations about desperate folks.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An extremely enjoyable film that is by turns funny, moving and genuinely romantic.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

July's tender, original movie is a wonderfully uplifting experience.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Click with it and there are elements to enjoy, but the title suggests a universal significance the film can't supply.

August 16, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

A terrarium of a movie, characterized by many charmed moments...

August 15, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

a symptom of a gently transgressive spirit, a souvenir of an encounter with a playful spook.

August 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The writer-director-star is so aggressively 'alternative' that she'll have the Gyllenhaals diving for cover, however her peculiar handle on humanity proves quite engaging.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: ÜberCiné
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Audience Reviews for Me and You and Everyone We Know

Lonely people converge in various storylines involving sexual development and the improbability of connection.
It's been a long time since I've seen a film that has been able to find profundity in life's little moments, but Miranda July's tour de force work in Me and You and Everyone We Know is able to find gems in everyday occurrences. The most striking example of the beauty she finds in the benign happens in the third act, so I won't give in away, but the rest of the film is subtle and poignant too. And what is a better example of achieving the Altman Standard than the reveal of whom the boys are cyber-sexting with?
I did think the film occasionally got quirky for quirky's sake like Christine putting socks on her ears, but the film's concentration on these characters' oppressive and oppressing loneliness makes the things they do for attention and recognition more motivated than a film with a weaker thematic through-line.
Overall, Miranda July has a new fan, and I have a new example of why film can be a medium that communicates the occasional sublimity of life better than any other.
May 25, 2012
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Jim Hunter

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Quirky, energetic and out-there. I absolutely loved it!
April 8, 2012
flixsterman
Randy Tippy

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Oh-so-weird/indie/pretentious......but oh-so-irresistibly cute/sad/beautiful in parts (and trust me, I tried hard to resist): Richard accidentally self-immolating his hand with lighter fluid instead of alcohol; six-year-old Robby innocently cybering about pooping back and forth into each others' buttholes; Christine and Richard's meet-cute wherein they pretend to live their entire relationship together in a few street blocks; the sustained eye contact between Christine and Richard after he rejects her; Christine and Richard holding her mirror for fifteen seconds after gluing it; Peter bringing a stuffed animal for Sylvie's neurotically early hope chest, which she had heretofore filled with household appliances.

The only story I wasn't into is the two neighborhood Lolitas trying to bait a potential pedophile. None of their motivations were set up properly. The filmmaker Miranda July seems like a total wackjob, but I guess I'll give her props for being so open with her wackjobiness, for instance, Christine, her performance artist alter ego (I'm assuming). The goofy Casio keyboard-esque score is a bit cloying at times but oddly atmospheric.

I am very much enamored by John Hawkes' pugilist nose and sunken eyes. He's like an older, sadder version of DJ Qualls.
March 6, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

This is an all time favourite I finally got around to rewatching. I saw it quite a few times after I bought the DVD, but not for a good few years now.
I have to say, it is still excellent. Miranda July has done a great job on this - both as the quirky lead actress and with directing it. This is a true to life little story with believable yet eccentric characters, all well written and all perfectly cast, though I would say they are pretty much unknowns.
Miranda plays Christine, a struggling writing/performer who drives the elderly for a day job. She meets shoe salesman, Richard (John Hawkes) who is going through a relationship breakup and adjusting to only having his two boys part time. There is an attraction between the two, but he is wary of getting involved again as his ex has been quite callous. His boys are also slight troubled. The youngest, Robby, has stuck up an internet romance with an older woman, and he makes her a proposition that i can't believe she accepts. (Obviously she does not realise he is a child). It would probably be revolting if it wasn't so beautifully and innocently written. I also like the teen girls, Heather and Rebecca, who are leading on an overweight older guy who likes to watch them, but doesn't have the nerve to do more than write notes and watch out his window. The young character, Sylvie, is also amusing, as she collects household utensils obsessively so she will have a dowry and glory box ready for her marriage. (Sylvie is about ten years old).
This kind of reminds me of Todd Solondz, another favourite director of mine, but these characters are basically good, where a lot of his aren't so much. A movie about flawed and real people that is sad as well as funny.
I love this movie and highly recommend it!
November 7, 2011
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    1. Richard: I don't want to have to do this living. I just walk around. I want to be swept off my feet, you know? I want my children to have magical powers. I am prepared for amazing things to happen. I can handle it.
    – Submitted by Rick H (14 months ago)
    1. Robby: I want to poop back and forth.
    2. Robby: It's like I'll poop into her butthole and then she'll poop it back into my butthole and then we'll just keep doing it, back and forth, with the same poop.
    – Submitted by Jean-Fred P (14 months ago)
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