Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Jason Ritter, Marianna Palka, Mark Webber, Martin Starr, Charles Durning
Director: Marianna Palka
Genres: Comedy, Drama
An eccentric and troubled young woman spends her days watching porn in the claustrophobic world of her apartment. An eccentric and troubled young man spends his days cataloguing films and serving her in a claustrophobic vi... more »
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Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 5/17/2011...
This movie was very unique. Not at all your typical indie romance. It deals with a very disturbed character. A likeable, former drug addict fancies a girl with serious sexual issues after she comes in regularly to rent soft-core porn videos from the video store where he works. He is touchingly devoted to breaking down the walls she puts up due to her traumatic experience as a child. At times, she is so cold, you will even hate her, but he is patient, and caring, and it makes this a film with a lot of heart.
Jeanne S. (ijeanne) from FORT THOMAS, AZ
Reviewed on 3/31/2010...
This movie, at least for me, was boring and awkward. I couldn't get interested in the plot or the characters. I wouldn't recommend it.
Obscure little indie, unique dysfunction mix
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 08/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a movie store owner I had to give this one a shot. I suppose I was watching more of the background and props than I was the performances during the store scenes, but at least they got the customer nuances correct (the giggling-obsessed teen girls, the widowed old guy renting on his anniversary, the strange porn addicted gal, etc.).
I do not feel the description is written well (over usage of claustrophobic - neither place is that bad) and the cover art/pics never happen in the film, but I gave it a fair shot since it is being advertised as a 2008 Sundance hit. Our story follows a homeless video store clerk as he stalks a porn-addicted agoraphobic cuckoo girl customer. Tons of unbelievable events and un-described character issues fill the screen for 90 minutes, punctuated by two cameos (Tom Arnold as the offender dad [3rd perv role for him in as many films - scary]and Charles Durning as the old guy customer). His co-worker crew all have their little idiosyncratic nuances for the slight comic relief, with the story shifting between them and the love interest premise of a who-can-creep-out-the-potential-girlfriend/boyfriend-more-but-still-sleep-together motif.
The film quality is average as is the 5.1 (with a 2.0 option). The main supplement about being played at Sundance lasts over an hour, but since they went the un-narrated way/made at home feel I liked it. The gag reel option lasts 11 minutes and was actually funny only once or twice, should have been called a bad take reel.
A decent freshman attempt at making a totally obscure relationship film about creepy people, gave three for the film and one for the supplements. Just not sure if I can outright recommend this without adding some disclaimers; "innocent" on the cover art is furthest from the truth, "funny" is subjective on this, and the title is going for the shock value as it is never stated in the film. Enjoy."
Pam S. | 01/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had seen the title of this movie on cable a couple of times but was put off by it-- figured it was some cheap comedy. Last night during a conversation, I was flipping through the channels and paused on this film quite randomly. I watched it out of the corner of my eye for a couple of minutes while talking, got interested, then after the conversation got completely engrossed. About the title-- on the one hand it is sad that it lends itself to misunderstanding. On the other, it is THE perfect title for this film. Others have summarized the plot so I won't, but I will give my reasons why this is the perfect film. 1. It is unconventional in plot yet touches on unversal themes as if it were a high concept film. 2. The male character is one of the strongest yet most decent characters in any story I have ever encountered-- at first we think he is masochistic or a stalker, but in the end, we learn he sees deeply. 3. It has twists and surprises. 4. It is intensely psychological, and it is accurate. One law of psychology is: What goes into a human psyche must come out. When the female lead acts-out in weird, aggresive, psycho-sexual ways, that's reality. We don't know why she acts out while it is happening. 5. Subtlety. 6. A quick ending that clarifies almost everything without spelling it out. I'm not the type who cries at movies, but this one really got next to me. I highly recommend Good Dick. If you liked it, you might like a book called The Greatest White Trash Love Story Ever Told. Really reminds me of this story, but is a little more PG-13."
Love takes time to Blossom
Adelita | Covington, LA United States | 11/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Slow start, but worth the wait... Everyone has problems. It takes love to see the real inner beauty in someone."