Imagine Me & You (2005)
USA / English
"There Goes The Bride. "A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman whom questions her sexual orientation promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.
"Imagine Me & You" may in fact be one of the best romantic comedies ever to hit the big screen
"Imagine Me & You" is not your typical love story. It is the story of a
girl named Rachel (Piper Perabo) who is getting married to her long
term fiancée Heck (Matthew Goode). At the wedding ceremony, Rachel
locks eyes with the flower girl Luce (Lena Headey) and feels something
that she has never felt before. After the wedding, Rachel invites Luce
over for some dinner to thank her for such a wonderful flower
arrangement and to help set up Heck's friend Coop (Darren Boyd) with
Luce. Before dinner, Heck asks Luce if she has a husband or a boyfriend
but to Heck's surprise he finds out that she has neither and is indeed
attracted to members of the same sex. Heck shocked by the news, alerts
Rachel. But Rachel seems to be uninterested in the news and just wants
to know why she is so drawn to Luce. Funny and touching moments ensue
I was lucky enough to be invited to a free screening for this film.
This is definitely a film I would have been happy to pay for. This
movie is often funny but is never over the top. "Imagine Me & You" is
definitely a breathe of fresh air when it comes to the whole romantic
comedy genre. I think the whole new spin with homosexual love stories
is helping this genre and allowing some fresh new material to be used.
I personally really like Piper Perabo. I first saw her in the movie
"Lost & Delirious" which is a wonderful and beautifully told tale.
After seeing that movie, I was blown away by her performance. But soon
after she wasn't in much and kind of started to do bad mainstream
movies like "The Cave" but now with "Imagine Me & You" I can say that
she's back to where she belongs. Piper plays Rachel like the role was
tailor made for her. Her performance is touching and believable.
Matthew Goode also stars as the lovable and sensible husband. Again I
liked Matthew Goode from the first time I saw him in "Chasing Liberty".
Goode has definitely come a long way from "Chasing Liberty" and has
proved himself to be a worthy addition to Hollywood as an actor. He
plays a very likable but caring husband in this film. He is rather
solid in his performance and delivers some nice laughs. Also Lena
Headley is a joy to watch on screen and played her role flawlessly. I
really liked all the performances including several of the smaller
roles that I haven't mentioned.
I never heard of Ol Parker before I watched this movie. Mr. Parker was
both the writer and director of this film. I personally think that Mr.
Parker has a career ahead of him. The problem is will he be able to
keep his movies as fresh as this movie? Mr. Parker did a great job
capturing the true emotions of the characters and showing how hard it
is to be something that isn't always acceptable by everyone. I really
liked the director's choice of music as well. The Turtles song at the
end really fit in with the moment.
Overall, I would have paid full price admission to see this movie and
probably will go back to the theater sometime and see it again. I think
the homosexual love stories will be a big hit and make people feel a
little more accepting of someone's sexual choice. The movie is
definitely a feel good movie with a unique twist and a good amount of
laughs. At the screening, the film had a very good audience and was
loved by most. People clapped and stayed till the end of the credits
which doesn't happen that often. The movie made people laugh, cry, and
overall feel good about life. "Imagine Me & You" is definitely a movie
I would like to see more of in the years to come.
MovieManMenzel's final rating for "Imagine Me & You" is an 8/10.
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