Review: Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

“Delicate, tender, poetic, and yet so daring. It is about the mysteries of sex and the enchantments of the heart.”
Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times

Me and You and Everyone We Know is an offcenter romantic comedy complete with wit and creative characters trying to find themselves. Miranda July wrote and directed this feature film. She also stars as Christine, a stuggling performance artist who earns money by driving an elder-cab.

On one of her outings, she sees shoe salesman Richard (John Hawkes) and falls for him, despite the fact that he set his hand on fire after his wife left him. Just as Christine is attempting to establish herself as an artist, Richard is trying to find his place as a good father to his two sons, Robby and Peter. The best scenes of the film are with seven-year-old Robby (Brandon Ratcliff) as he seduces adult women on the Internet, luring them with his own fascination with poop.

This is July’s directorial debut and she succeeds tremendously because she locates a common quality among this eccentric characters. She does this without delivering an overly artsy movie and it pays off. Me and You and Everyone We Know is a hilarious and heartfelt film and it is worth seeing due to July’s unique take on the world.

Updated October 7, 2010

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