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All the Real Girls
All the Real Girls
Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson, Shea Whigham, Danny McBride
Director: David Gordon Green
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
R     2003     1hr 48min

A young womanizer meets and falls in love with his friend's younger sister and changes his outlook. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: R Release Date: 19-AUG-2003 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson, Shea Whigham, Danny McBride
Director: David Gordon Green
Creators: Paul Schneider, Tim Orr, David Gordon Green, Derrick Tseng, Jean Doumanian, Kimberly Jose, Lisa Muskat
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Family Life
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/19/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese

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Member Movie Reviews

C&R W. (unhappybirthday)
Reviewed on 10/23/2011...
I so enjoyed this movie. The deep meaning. The real & brutal honesty between Noel and Paul. The music.

An underrated, lovely, well-kept secret of a movie.

Some of my favorite quotes from this film:

"I just want to make sure that a million years from now I can still see you up close and we'll still have amazing things to say."

"Last night I had a dream that you grew a garden on the trampoline and I was so happy that I invented peanut butter!"

"You're the first person that I've wanted to tell that to, 'cause your the first person that I've wanted to talk to for more than five minutes... ever."

"Nobody said we had to be perfect."
Phillip B. (pjbump) from FLORISSANT, MO
Reviewed on 7/14/2010...
Unsatisfying. I can handle "indie" flicks; in fact, I rather enjoy some of the stranger stories. But I just could not get involved with this one. Zooey looks nice, as does Paul, but something just did not mesh right in my perspective. Worth a look, but it won't remain in my permanent collection.
John C. (bookwheelboy)
Reviewed on 12/5/2007...
An eminently watchable movie.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Uneasy young love on a Sunday morning in Carolina
Samuel McKewon | Lincoln, NE | 03/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

""All the Real Girls" lurks, and it lurks, and it lurks, until it haunts. It is a messy romance movie, a little cool to the touch, a little wrapped up in itself. But the effect is bone-rattling. I won't say much -- and I am not a planted reviewer -- but the movie confirms the arrival of David Gordon Green as a serious, in-the-game filmmaker. His pervious film was "George Washington," and it, too, was a messy tale of heroism, gothic pain and love and mortality. It was also the most visually striking film aside from "Dancer In the Dark" that I have seen in some time. "All the Real Girls" does not have the epic power that movie possessed -- "George Washington" is out of time, out of mind -- but it has a more cohesive, enjoyable narrative, it is not as weirdly symbolic and, most importantly, it's about adults. I recommend it highly, even if I think the sum of the parts do not transcend the parts themselves. I await the moment when Green makes a whole film, start to finish, possibly without a script he has written. His talent is unique and immense."
A film for those who love life
Jonathan Warner | Homewood, IL United States | 03/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"David Gordon Green follows up his stunning success, "George Washington" (2000), with his second feature, "All the Real Girls," a film so exceptional, I want to thank him for making it. Never has stinging heartbreak been so vivid, so ethereal, and yet so grounded. We're immersed in the Carolina countryside, the smoky mountains, sun-dappled faces, playgrounds, lakes and rivers, scrap yards, the shattered remains of a town, filled with people who have no dreams, except that which holds them closest - family and love. "Girls", at heart, is a sincere love story concerning Paul (Paul Schneider) and Noel (Zooey Deschanel). Their love deliberately avoids the clichés that most Hollywood films embrace, and instead, goes for the heart and the gut. Green sets a tone of longing and loss, feeding the mounting power of the story, but he also mixes in some unforced comedy; this is life and it feels real. Schneider and Deschanel give two varied and distinctive performances; they deserve much praise for the success of this film. Tim Orr's cinematography adds warmth and texture; he is fascinated with nature, and understands that our environment induces emotional reactions. My chest was in knots, and I soaked it up. I reveled in knowing that resolutions are elusive, that love exasperates, that films this good appear once in a blue, Carolina moon, that "All the Real Girls" is a masterpiece."
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 03/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Paul (Paul Schneider) is the kind of good looking, teddy bear, cuddly, slow talkin', sly bad boy that women adore and fall hard for. And he's taken advantage of this like most guys of his ilk and has earned a well deserved bad rep for loving and leaving `em; which is particularly sticky for Paul because he lives in a small, going to seed town in middle America in which Everyone knows Everyone else... and they all know Paul's business.
Paul meets Noel (Zooey Deschanel) and he decides to change his spots and, treat her with respect and thereby repent and follow the straight and narrow, as it were. Noel has other ideas, though.
David Gordon Green, the director and writer of "All The Real Girls" has structured this movie in a very laidback, molasses in the summer manner and has cut the film into many short scenes: some with dialogue, many without. He's after the long term, not the immediate effect of these images to have their impact and for the most part he succeeds; even though the first 15 minutes of the film is hard going, as we don't know what he is trying to do and the stiffness of the actors and their delivery of the dialogue begins to get irritating.
Yet, the most touching scenes in this film are those between Paul and his Mom (Patricia Clarkson), Paul and his Uncle and Paul and his friends. His friends, all of them men in their 20's, are guys who are not afraid to open up emotionally to each other. All of these scenes are so warm and natural that they seem improvised. In fact, Gordon shows that these people, though under-educated but obviously endowed with an extraordinary amount of horse sense, have an intelligent and insightful awareness of their emotions and an appreciation of all the relationships in their lives. These scenes crackle with truth and nobility.
In many ways "All The Real Girls" owes a lot to the French Nouvelle Vague in that it is the accumulation of the images and the dialogue that ultimately hits you with it's intended effect: most scenes do not have a climax as the director builds his arsenal of scenes and moods. We are so used to the very literal, linear film that this style of filmmaking makes us antsy for the director to "get on with it." But Green is not making "XXX" here...he's trying to tell a subtle, personal love story and he is not in one bit of a hurry to do it."