Piper Perabo lights up the screen as Rachel, a blushing bride whose perfect nuptials take a surprising turn at the altar. An innocent glance between Rachel and an unexpected wedding guest is all it takes to spark a 'love a... more »t first sight' romance with a surprising twist -- the object of Rachel's affection is a smart and sensuous... woman! Their shocking romance causes quite a stir amongst her family and friends as Rachel is forced to choose between her husband and the girl of her dreams. Say 'I do' to the wonderfully witty film that Cosmopolitan calls "a refreshing romantic comedy."« less
Gary J. (gjones) from TROUTDALE, OR Reviewed on 12/9/2009...
What a fun movie! Just a great romantic comedy, with the love interest being two women instead of a man and a woman. Great characters, good supporting cast (Anthony Head, who I loved in the Buffy series, is brilliant as the sick-and-tired father of the bride) and enough twists to make it very enjoyable. Don't let the lesbian slant deter you from watching this movie, you won't be sorry.
Delightful romantic comedy... Infectiously upbeat songs... L
dooby | 08/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this delightful little movie. Despite its girl-loves-girl plot, it shouldn't be pigeonholed as a lesbian romance. This is romantic comedy at its finest and can be appreciated by anyone, irrespective of orientation.
The film is an anglo-american-german co-production, filmed in England with a largely English cast. Piper Perabo does a good job with a creditable English accent which apart from an occasional slip, is largely believable. Rachel (Piper Perabo) is struck by a case of love-at-first-sight on her wedding day. Unfortunately it isn't for her handsome, sweet, kindly, husband-to-be but the female florist who's been hired for the occasion. Confused at first, she befriends the florist who does understand her feelings and reciprocates whole-heartedly. As she is now married, how can things end happily? In a way, they don't. Part of me was sad at how things turned out because these were all such lovable characters. But the producers make sure that no heart remains broken for too long. And like all rom-coms, this pedals crazily towards a happy ending, cheered on by the Turtles' "Happy Together."
Aside from Piper Perabo, everyone else is British. Look out for the supporting roles and cameos by various British actors. Lena Headey (The Brothers Grimm) plays Luce the florist, Matthew Goode (Match Point) is the husband, Anthony Head (Buffy) is Rachel's Dad, Celia Imrie (Calendar Girls / Love in a Cold Climate) is Rachel's Mom, Ben Miles (Coupling) is Heck's work buddy, Eva Birthistle (A Fond Kiss) is Luce's lesbian friend.
Like most rom-coms, there is extensive use of pop songs. The main one here is The Turtles' upbeat and infectious "Happy Together" whose first lines contribute the title of the movie. Other songs include, Dusty Springfield's "The Look of Love", Kelly Marie's "Feels Like I'm In Love" and Ottawans' D.I.S.C.O.
The double-sided DVD contains the original 2.35:1 widescreen version (anamorphic) on Side B and a Pan-&-Scan version on Side A. Picture quality is perfectly lovely, pretty much what you'd expect of a film made in 2005. The DD 5.1 track sounds equally fine with crystal clear dialogue mostly front-centered and lovely music reproduction. The Extras are split onto both sides of the disc. A Q&A session with director and cast is found on Side A while there are about 10mins worth of deleted and extended scenes with optional director's commentary as well as a "Personal statement by director Ol Parker" on Side B."
An unconventional but undeniably sweet romantic comedy
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 11/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It goes without saying - or maybe it doesn't - that this is not your typical romantic comedy. Most people fall in love and then get married, but Imagine Me & You starts with a wedding and ends with true love. And most married men worry about their wives leaving them for another man - not another woman. Truly, though, this film should not be pigeon-holed as one of "those" films, for it's a really sweet story that says more about true love than most of today's raunchy romances. Love and sex are not the same thing, and it's always nice to find a film that reflects that. Don't go into this film expecting to see two lovely ladies rolling around naked in the hay, as there's no nudity whatsoever. This is a sweet film, not a prurient one.
I love Piper Perabo, especially now that's she proven she's just as talented as she is gorgeous. She's an unusual choice for the leading role in this film, an American actress surrounded by an impressive British cast, but her accent feels natural and makes for a most comfortable fit. Her character, Rachel, seems the picture of happiness as she marries Heck (Matthew Goode), a true good guy who has long been her best friend. Walking down the aisle, however, she happens to exchange a life-changing glance with Luce (Lena Headey), the florist who supplied the flowers for the wedding. She soon strikes up a friendship with Luce, initially trying to set her up with one of Heck's friends. Even before she learns that Luce is gay, though, she finds herself thinking about her more and more. Never having believed in love at first sight, she doesn't know how to react to these strange but powerful new feelings she is experiencing for the first time. Naturally, a distance seems to develop between her and Heck, eventually forcing her to choose between happiness and stability with Heck or true love with Luce. Luce, for her part, is also torn; as much as she loves Rachel, she certainly has no desire to break up a marriage.
As the movie progressed, I really wasn't sure how this story would end, knowing that one side of this lovers' triangle was destined for unhappiness. The filmmakers delivered a better and more meaningful conclusion than I ever expected, however - even though it does go a little too far in trying to make everyone happy.
The entire cast is excellent, contributing a couple of meaningful subplots, but special mention must be made of two individuals. Boo Jackson is utterly charming as Rachel's young sister H (there's a great explanation for her name), while Anthony Head (Giles of Buffy fame) turns in a memorable performance as Rachel's long-suffering father, whose tendency to mumble and dodder around seems directly related to his less than perfect marriage to Rachel's demanding mother. Both Jackson and Head really step up to make the film's sentimental conclusion particularly effective.
Imagine You & Me is a disarmingly sweet and entertaining romantic comedy. The nature of the romance between Rachel and Luce does much to explain the film's R rating, but this same-sex romance is in no way "mature" in terms of its content. When you come right down to it, the fact that Rachel and Luce are both women is almost incidental. This is, purely and simply, a wonderful love story."
Great romantic comedy.
V. Meredith Toenjes | Kansas City, KS USA | 03/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the previews for this movie when I saw 'Brokeback Mountain' and was waiting impatiently for it to come to my city. Many 'gay movies' aren't that good. I was happy that this one is.
Well-acted, all the characters were believable and likable. Anthony Stewart Head as Piper Pearbo's dad is a hoot! A fun escape movie with a little sadness, and yet a happy ending for all.
Piper Pearbo plays a woman who, at her wedding is immediately drawn to a woman who turns out to be the florist. Both she and her new husband take to this stranger and they develop a friendship. When it turns out that the florist is a lesbian, the bride is eventually forced to take a look at the nature of the draw she feels towards this woman. However, neither woman wants to hurt her husband, a good and caring man. How it all works out is funny, touching, and sad at turns.
I'd compare this movie most to something like Reese Witherspoon's "Sweet Home Alabama". If you liked that movie and you can celebrate love in all its forms, then I believe you'll enjoy "Imagine Me & You"."
Please don't consider this a "lesbian film"!!!
MLRapp | NY | 04/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Considering "Imagine Me & You" to be a "lesbian film" does not do it justice in terms of the totality of the film. By saying that, the film becomes pigeonholed into a narrow category in which many closed-minded viewers will miss out on a wonderful film they may have really connected with and understood. Rather, viewers should think of it a beautiful love story: a woman confused about her feelings for someone other than her husband, and how she chooses to act on those feelings.
The film was extremely well done and I'm impressed that it was directed by a man. All stereotypes aside, I am surprised at how well he captured the various relationships and presented the subject matter in a casual, non-gratuitous and relatable way.
The acting was great- Piper Perabo and Lena Headey are very natural actresses. It was refreshing watching a romantic comedy with actresses other than the usual few (i.e. Reece Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, etc). Matthew Goode was adorable Piper Perabo's husband and without ruining anything, the way his character ends up reacting to his wife's situation was(to me at least) surprising, yet it seemed right.
I recommend this film for anyone - male, female, old, young, of all backgrounds....I think many people will be able to connect with the characters and/or the siuations they find themselves in, as love is universal. It is definitely a film worth renting and adding to your collection.