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Rid of Me (2011)



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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 and a newfound love for Cambodian rock music. -- (C) Official Site
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Katie O'Grady
as Meris Canfield
John Keyser
as Mitch Canfield
Storm Large
as Briann Lockwood
Theresa Russell
as Mrs. Lockwood
Art Alexakis
as Virgil
Melinda Chilton
as Sue Ellen Haggemyer
Jana Lee Hamblin
as Colleen Baumgartner
Chris Harder
as Dale Masterson
Geno Romo
as Chris "Haggy" Haggemyer
Dwight Slade
as Pete Baumgarten
Julie Vhay
as Lacy Masterson
Ed Keane
as Couple in Restaurant
Karen Keane
as Couple in Restaurant
Bob Blackey
as Baseball Player
Kristin Coleman
as Baseball Player
Maren Mcguire
as Baseball Player
Marilyn Faith Hickey
as Baseball Fan
Derek Estes
as Pizza Delivery Man
Byron Beck
as Bookstore Patron 1
Lawrence Johnson
as Bookstore Patron 2
Betty Moyer
as Mrs. Hurbold
Morgan Hobart
as Jeremy Bunquist
Denny Lamson
as Karaoke Singer
Suzanne Rhodes
as Karaoke DJ
Ryan Ruelos
as Bartender
Lori Lewis
as Karaoke Bar Patron
Mike Prosser
as Karaoke Bar Patron
Leanne Littrell
as Karaoke Bar Patron
Karla Benson
as Karaoke Bar Patron
Melissa Claire Egan
as Karaoke Bar Patron
Bruce Lawson
as Karaoke Bar Patron
Zachary Reed
as Karaoke Bar Patron
Eric Sellers
as Karaoke Bar Patron
David Fletcher
as Karaoke Bar Patron
Denise Chanterelle DuBois
as Sunshine the Barfly
Leslie Taylor
as Missy with BumbleBee Sweater
Danny Taylor
as Missy's Husband
Cora Benesh
as Freak Girl
Pete DeNiro
as Man at Garden
John Breen
as Bry-Guy
Nina Newsom
as Girl at Candy Shop
Coleman Newsom
as Boy at Candy Shop
Grady Newsom
as Other Kid at Candy Shop
Olive Westby
as Other Kid at Candy Shop
Sabine Westby
as Other Kid at Candy Shop
Angie Rutan
as Britney
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This hectoring visual style becomes particularly irritating in combination with his rigid social stereotyping.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

O'Grady is very good, but she can't make the hard-to-watch Rid of Me dramatically credible.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Unconvincing tale of self-empowerment has attitude and anxiety but nothing underneath.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Westby's nervy story is like "Desperately Seeking Susan" played straight. Let's hope O'Grady's next film meets this one's potential.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Comes at you like a horror movie before settling down into something quieter but equally skin crawling.

November 17, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Think of it as a coming-of-age story ten years too late.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rid of Me

I really enjoyed this movie. From Oregon I recognize the character types. While a bit over the top, I can see this sort of thing happening. I have known folks similar to these cliques in high school.

Angelica Hudson
Angelica Hudson

The only thing unbearable about this film are some of the extremely socially awkward situations that the main character, Meris, goes through. This dark comedy was a fun watch and had a very unique directing and editing style to it.

Vince Roque
Vince Roque

Imagine you're in your late 30s/early 40s and everything you have come to associate with who you are - the reflection you see in the mirror everyday, your marriage, your friends -although here 'friends' doesn't quite fit the label - all these things fall apart and scatter like ashes in the wind. You've hit rock bottom. (I must admit, how the conditions in the life of the heroine came to be in the first place remains a mystery - in other words, the backstory stinks). Rid of Me takes this as its premise and then throws in redemption, which is obviously the predominant theme of the story. At this point, serendipity prevails as several fortunate strands of influence and encouragement coincide to ensure the great reversal takes place without too much interference. For example: she gains the trust and company of a new friend, someone who represents individualism, feminism, and defiance with an aptly chosen persona to fit the role: goth. Goth girl becomes her friends mentor and helps her through tough times until the neophyte attains a full recovery and (more or less) complete metamorphosis from her former self. In the process she discovers the inner strength she never thought she had in order to reinvent yourself. The thought occurs to her that her new group of friends is where she truly belongs, it is who she is, it is who she was all along, she just never realized it. There is much to say in favor of Rid of Me, but there are also quite a few things to say against it. I already mentioned the improbability of the backstory, another problem is the impossibility of such a sequence of events transpiring as they do here. So why have I rated this film as fresh? Well, besides the novelty and originality of the idea itself, I turn to Aristotle for guidance: "With respect to the requirement of art, the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible." It's not for everybody, but it's a worthy endeavor.

Charles Frauman
Charles Frauman

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