Review: in 'me him her,' late

Max Landis has made a career of writing genre movies that must have had some good pitches—in less than five years, five sầu of his scripts have been made inkhổng lồ features. It"s very curious watching "Me Him Her," then, as to lớn why he would pichồng probably his worst produced screenplay, a rough draft in nearly every sense, for a directorial debut. For a studio-trained writer, it turns out to lớn be an amateur rebellion against form. 

Brandon Ehrlick (Luke Bracey) is the big Hollywood star of TV series "Hard Justice," who is afraid of coming out of the closet. Somewhere else in the City of Angels, Gabbi (Emily Meade) is having trouble breaking up with her cheating ex-girlfrikết thúc. It"s the third person to this equation who sets them both off on paths of discovery, Dustin Milligan"s tacky, altruistic Cory, who might have sầu wayward ways of helping people, but he will be right in the kết thúc.

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Within the first 15 minutes, Cory tries khổng lồ help Brandon in accepting himself by dragging him to a gay bar, an effort he ditches when he meets the dejected Gabbi, while Brandon is then hounded by paparazzi. Cory và Gabbi hit it off, & as happens in stories told with straight male gaze, they sleep together. A barely-there storyline then drags to 95 minutes as we barely get khổng lồ know these people outside of their sexual preferences, or whether their faces are on billboards or not. The performances lkết thúc themselves to the superficiality of these characters, with an exception of Meade, who stands out for providing some full-force meltdowns, an unfortunate và redundant expression in Landis" cinematic world.

As it works to have Milligan"s tacky lead fix these people for themselves, "Me Hyên Her" sets itself inside Landis" hate-hate relationship with Los Angeles. He indifferently uses overhead shots of the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign for visual familiarity, but not character. A satire of sorts about the smug that"s in the air of Hollywood, Landis" weak jabs about LA & its inhabitants lack the cleverness for their sarcasm to lớn engage. Hollywood agents are superficial, Los Angeles is unpredictable, và Haley Joel Osment (playing himself) is a huge star again. 

Instead of settling for an unfunny comedy about friends và lovers in LA, Landis has lớn get political with material the script has no authority for. With the naive Corey at the center influencing everyone"s lives, "Me Hlặng Her" wields a straight man’s privilege. Cory can help force a gay man out of the clophối, not because his friends & family already know Brandon is gay (lớn Brandon’s constant surprise), but because it"s not Cory"s career or life to giảm giá with, despite Landis" establishment of a homophobic Hollywood. In the same way that "Me Hyên ổn Her" bungles its initially refreshing friendship between straight and gay men, the film"s romance is even more teeth-gnashing. With Gabby always dressed in flannel ("a lesbian"s Power Ranger costume," the script jokes) & her saying that men never want to be just her frikết thúc, the problematic character only makes it worse when Cory woos her with his heterosexuality. "Me Hyên Her" unwittingly resists an audience, its heart not invisible just profoundly out of touch. 


In "Me Hyên Her," both Brandon and Gabby have brief nightmares about being tormented by a giant puppet penis, lớn give you a sense of the film"s humor and means of expressing it. Brandon"s line earlier in the film that "the line between dreams và reality is thinner here" becomes a copout for Landis" jokes, which cranks up wackiness (a climactic sword fight during a cop drama"s premiere party) or its confrontations, such as the pithy screwball between Cory & Gabby as he chases her across Beverly Hills, only to have sầu them scream in public about their very private encounter. Like the stylized subtitles it sporadically throws onlớn the screen khổng lồ put pepper on throwaway lines, "Me Him Her" often lurches with a cartoonish impulse to lớn keep itself amused, providing a false feeling of narrative sầu momentum in the process.

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Only a fool would define the term "hipster," but such a category’s elements would describe Landis" filmmaking: entitled angst, sarcastic tone, self-declared enlightenment, &, of course, irony ad infinitum. "Me Hyên ổn Her" might look cool on the outside, but it"s a vapid mess.

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Nick Allen is an Assistant Editor at onfire-bg.com and is a thành viên of the Chicago Film Critics Association.


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