Don't waste your time, seriously.
Some Girl(s) (2013)
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Don't waste your time, seriously.
In "Some Girl(s)" we see the man visiting five ex-girlfriends, who all have different reactions to his visit. The reactions are quite real, especially the first one who claims that she is fine after fifteen years, but in fact not. The emotional roller coaster is quite striking and memorable, so it is a good start to a film. The second one I didn't quite like, then there is an older woman who is manipulative and smart. The fourth one is about a young girl whose subplot is a little disturbing. The main story is probably the end one with Kristen Bell, as there is a shocking revelation twist ending which attempts to make the film more memorable, but does not have the intended effect.
"Some Girl(s)" is an alright drama, but it is definitely not a comedy.
At first our writer seems to have matured into a sensitive person. He wants to be faithful to his fiancée. Later, he refers to her as just some girl who's going to nursing school. Diminishing a current girlfriend is not impressive. This characterization is confusing and inconsistent, These actors do a great job with what little that have. Dialog needs to be more specific and more colorful.
As another reviewer suggested, this seems to have evolved from a play. No action. Most of the "in-action" takes place in the hotel room.
Prior to his impending marriage, Adam Brody (he's given no name in the movie) is traveling around the country trying to find and meet with five women from his past that's he's selected. Apparently, he feels he's wronged them in some way and is trying to make sure all can be forgiven and forgotten. He's a teacher and writer, with his latest article, in The New Yorker magazine, on his relationships with women receiving lots of acclaim and even getting him a movie deal.
The five women he meets, in order of appearance are Jennifer Morrison, Mia Maestro, Emily Watson, Zoe Kazan, and Kristen Bell. All these actresses are very talented and perform well in their meeting with Brody, with Bell's performance a real stand-out, in my opinion.
However, we soon see that these attempted amends by Brody are half-hearted and insincere, not honest attempts like you might find in a 12-step program. The conversations end up being very awkward, talky, at times mean-spirited, and quite pretentious.
Very late in the film, we get a twist in the plot that makes the whole film just seem even more seamy and ugly.
I would say, although this may work better on stage, it doesn't have the sharp and cohesive dialog to work on screen, and never meshed for me as entertainment. A disappointment from Neil LaBute.
The film builds through each of its five major episodes to present the central male character as a charming predator, what his ex-girl-friend Bobbi (Kristen Bell) calls an "emotional terrorist." Nameless throughout, perhaps to suggest his universality, the Man emerges at the male equivalent of the femme fatal, the homme fatal.
Although reviewers have compared the movie unfavorably to High Fidelity, it is by no means a comedy. You won't find Jack Black anywhere around. No, Some Girls is drama, quietly intense drama. As the Man meets with each of his five former loves, the pattern becomes clear: after using his charm, good looks, and perceived decency (!) to win deep love, he suddenly bolts—usually for another woman and often without a word of explanation or apology but always inflicting severe emotional wounds. He is, as Bobbi says, "a killer, an assassin." He is, in the words of Lindsay (Emily Watson), "vampiric," someone who sucks the life out of everyone who cares for him. "People get hurt," Bobbi says. "A part of them dies and never comes back."
Although the Man has arranged these meetings to "make amends" for his past actions, they instead inflict additional pain on the women by forcing them to relive his rejection—and to acknowledge his cruelty. "It hurts," Tyler (Mia Maestro) says.
What makes Some Girl(s) the opposite of comedy is that the Man never learns his lesson, never acknowledges the harm that he has done. As the film concludes, he is flirting with the flight attendant: he will surely find a way to escape from his current fiancée. No happy ending here.
Some Girl(s) is the frighteningly compelling portrait of a consummate narcissist who will continue to justify preying on women who care for him. Beware!
This starts with an interesting scene between Brody and Morrison. It's funny and awkward. Then I think the movie follows the wrong character. He's uninteresting, pretentious, and really really whiny. At least, she has a family that could give some real human interactions. For most of the movie, he is annoyingly clueless like he's not a real human being. The ending helps explain some of that but it's too little too late. Most people wouldn't stick around till the end. It's frustrating to watch this.
The other problem is that the interactions are too static. It doesn't have any cinematic style and can't justify jumping from a play to a movie. The scenes need movement desperately.
This movie can be a studied case in art, movies schools, academies, you name it, lesson to learn: good and skilled actors, good direction and cinematography cannot compensate a bad script, more precisely, bad dialogues in some instance is just infantile.
What this movie needed is a Woody Allen type of dialogue. They try, commendable, but it's a failure, maybe not a financial one, looks like they didn't had a generous budget.
5/24/14: Following a recent second viewing of this little film at a revival theater, I feel absolutely compelled to once again express my profoundest astonishment at the brilliant performance of Emily Watson and to share newly discovered insights into her art. She is simply electric in this film and her encounter in the hotel room with her former lover is one of the most sensuous scenes ever recorded on film. This is not due to any gratuitous nudity or graphic sex but the very simple removal of Watson's skirt and the way she moves in a white slip beneath. It is touchingly awkward yet so very, very seductive. She is a bit plump, a woman approaching middle age, but her sexuality is overwhelming and will leave most men aching with desire, and many women as well. Most males will feel incredulous that the young man in the film let this treasure slip through his fingers and disgust with the stupid cad will border on rage. Upon the second viewing, Watson's sensuousness becomes even more stunning. She seems to grow more uniquely beautiful as the years pass and no man that appreciates what a real woman looks like will ever forget her after seeing Watson's contribution to what would otherwise be a far less stellar motion picture. It is a wondrous performance during which Emily Watson virtually leaves the screen in flames and witnesses to the artistic inferno are unavoidably singed by her blazing gifts as an actor. A second viewing is absolutely essential to a complete appreciation of the finest actor of our time.
8/27/2014 - Rented this again tonight and found myself so deeply moved that I simply felt the overwhelming desire to share the fact that even upon multiple viewings, Emily Watson's powerful performance remains supremely majestic. One can never grow used to such greatness and again I was staggered, overwhelmed by her talent, beauty, and stunning cinema presence.
The meetings are set up in the domicile of each girl friend and there are very few scenes set elsewhere. So the low budget aspects of the film will definitely put some people off. The film works for me mainly because of the honesty of the actors and the strength and credibility of the star.
This film was terrible. The main character, (what was his name?), experienced some sort of dream which spurred him on to 'right his wrongs', to remedy all the broken hearts he caused, to help him live with himself. That's what he sets out to do, most probably it was inspired by his engagement and a promise of acceptance to a monogamous lifestyle. He wanted to start afresh, he desired forgiveness.
So he creates a list of his most notable exes (not all of them, just five) and he travels to them, to 'talk'. He didn't even have a game plan. An idiot, no doubt. So...you have to cope with a lot of stuttering on his part and the obvious confusion, he had no idea what he was after. He had left all of them, at some point in their relationship, he was a coward. But not the romantic type for 'the one that got away' , is there a romantic type? So of course, they were angry. Not at first, but being the idiot he was, he provoked them to speak of their memories, to relive the pain. Initially, that's all I thought, just that he was bad with words (did I mention he was a writer?) and that he wasn't aware of what he was doing. But, I came to realise he was just playing with their feelings.
But then, I began to feel a tad sympathetic for him: he was lost and in search of forgiveness. But then I began to think about what would make his character worse...And it came to be: he sought them out to write a story on them for some magazine or something. So all that crap about seeking forgiveness was just that. Crap.
This is what he had done before, he had written his stories on them when he had broken their hearts. Did I feel sympathy for him, at this point? Not at all, he was just an idiot through and through.
The only reason my rating isn't completely harsh is because I loved that all the exes were intelligent, they all knew what had gone on and they showed him "who's boss". Their only mistake was him, but it really wasn't them, it was him. I especially liked Kristen Bell in this film, she completely detested the man. We shared a common dislike and then, the way she played with his feelings. Pure genius. But that was more the character, I liked Bell for her passion in the role. It was real. Jennifer Morrison was also strong in her role, perhaps a little crazed it seemed.
Another small thing I liked was the fact that there was no happily ever after, it was open ended and I like to believe that his fiancé ended up with someone new or that his marriage turns out to be a complete misery. Yes, that's how much I hated the main guy. You'd think that I've experience with a man of such nature, I actually don't. And I'm more than grateful for it.
The movie evolves slowly and will most likely make you look at your watch pretty quickly; but for me it intrigued me just enough. It made me wonder why the main character was going through all that trouble to apologize and i believe it's the acting that made that possible.
I thought the idea behind the script was good. I, personally, have never seen a movie showing the outcome of the intentional reconnection of old relationships, and the effect that the break-ups had on them. But unfortunately i thought that, as a script, it failed to make a connection with the viewer, thus making the good performances of the actors lost in horrible dialogs.
Overall, i would not recommend it. If you like the cast and have some time to kill, sure, go ahead; but if you want a movie with structure and flow you should skip that one.