Movie Review

By: Liz Clayton

Posted 11/16/2004 - 10:08:49 AM by hutlock:
 Liz -- pretty spot-on anlysis there -- I saw this the past weekend and it depressed the fuck out of me (and I'm not middle-aged even). That said, I think I can answer one of your questions, as to why on earth Miles would care for Jack. The answer, to me anyway, is because Jack is all Miles has left. You're right, it does seem shallow and desperate, but sometimes, that is exactly the way life is. It isn't a satisfying ansewr, but since when does life guarantee those either? So while I found it a flaw in the movie, just like you did, I also see that it is perhaps more realistic to the way men are with each other than most would ever care to admit or even think about. Nice job.
Posted 11/20/2004 - 03:37:58 PM by wmurch3:
 They're friends out of history only. I think we all have friends like that, I know I do. People we really don't know why we hang out with and as much as we swear never to hang out with them we end up doing it anyways. Sometimes we ditch rationale for the comfort of knowing someone's motives. I, for one, found their relationship to be the most convincing part of the movie. Under all of Miles self-loathing exterior, he wishes he could just walk up and talk to women the way Miles does, and under Jack's frat boy mentality lays a man who wants to express himself as well as Miles can. They both need each other and are more alike then either would care to admit. Also, I don't think this will only hit home with middle-aged men. Feelings of social alienation, regret, and future anxieties are universal and anyone, no matter what age, has fears of ending up like either Miles or Jack. The only real problem I had with the movie was the believability of Miles and Maya's relationship. Despite a passion for fine wine's and being divorced, they really don't have much else in common. His falling in love with her is easy enough to believe, but why she loves him is pretty hard to buy. I really wouldn't have had a problem with this had it not taken up so much of the movies plot.
Posted 11/20/2004 - 03:39:20 PM by wmurch3:
 "Under all of Miles self-loathing exterior, he wishes he could just walk up and talk to women the way Miles does" second Miles is supposed to be Jack obviously. :)
Posted 11/22/2004 - 12:34:39 PM by hometapes:
 I also found Jack and Miles' relationship completely believable...I think many of us have that one relationship that, for no discernible reason, we allow to walk all over us, time and time again. And I think that this type of relationship is nothing new to movies (Cameron vs. Ferris, etc.). I also didn't have much trouble believing Miles and Maya. Middle-aged desperation, post-divorce desperation, not wanting to be alone...all of these things point to a random relationship like theirs. "The rebound period" can last a little bit longer than it does when you are 16 and have a new mate in an hour and a half. I also think you have to fully buy how unbelievably wine-obsessed these two people are...he does it to attempt to understand what happened in his life...she has actually begun going to school to learn how to make wine (her previous husband was a professor, so i assume she was still working through those issues...subjecting herself to be around the one thing that reminds her of the previous husband --- much like Miles going to all of his previous "spots" that he and his wife had gone to....) perhaps i'm reading too much into it, but I see a lot of deep similarities between the two... that's all...
Posted 02/22/2005 - 01:09:20 PM by MuyRapido:
 I didn't expect to like this movie. But I loved it. It was simple, it was graceful, it was emotional as hell, it was unpredictable enough not to be corny. I didn't really care for Giamatti in American Splendor, but this was an excellent and completely beleivable performance.