Me and You and Everyone We Know

  • 15
  • Miranda July (2005)
  • US / UK / Jpn
  • 87 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Performance artist Miranda July's accomplished, bittersweet feature debut weaves together the stories of various lost and lonely suburbanites struggling to connect in southern California. Shoe salesman Richard (John Hawkes) is so distraught when his wife dumps him, he sets fire to his own hand. Literally and figuratively scarred, he's hesitant to respond to romantic overtures from kooky artist-cum-cab driver Christine (writer/director July, in a striking series of retro 1980s blouses). Some viewers might feel a little uncomfortable about subplots involving Richard's teenage son Peter (Miles Thompson) discovering oral sex and even younger Robby (Brandon Ratcliff) entering into a salacious online relationship with a stranger. However, July handles such material with sensitivity and respect as well as humour. Although the offbeat independent movies that become hits at the Sundance film festival feel all too common currency these days, this particular example stands above the rest for its sharp writing and abundant heart.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Miranda July and John Hawkes. In suburban Los Angeles, a shoe salesman struggles to come to terms with his disintegrating marriage - a task not helped by his encounter with an eccentric artist and his sons' sexual adventures.

Cast and crew

Cast

Christine Jesperson
Miranda July
Richard Swersey
John Hawkes
Peter Swersey
Miles Thomspon
Robby Swersey
Brandon Ratcliff
Sylvie
Carlie Westerman
Michael
Hector Elias
Andrew
Brad William Henke
Heather
Natasha Slayton
Rebecca
Najarra Townsend
Nancy Herrington
Tracy Wright

Crew

Director
Miranda July

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Guidance: 
Contains swearing and nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 19 Aug 2005
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama