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You Are Alone
Review Written by: Alex Sandell Drunk and
depressing makes the world go 'round!
This movie is every bit as
depressing as its title implies. It leaves a lingering feeling
sadness that even a 12 pack of Guinness beer won't wash away (trust me,
I gave it a shot).
That being said, you may need to suck on a joint or two to smoke away
the film's imperfections. It tries too hard to be poetic with
its dialog occasionally coming off as flowery and fake.
The older guy
in the movie (Buddy) seems a little TOO out of it to be believable for
his age. It
seems more like a teenage girl is explaining her sexuality to an
asexual 70-year-old extra-terrestrial virgin who is only visiting
earth for a day, than it does a teenager explaining her sexual
practices to someone from the planet earth in their late 30s with a
Internet age, it's pretty hard to believe this guy would be so unaware
of the sexual world around him (unless he's working for Mike Huckabee).
Heck, he'd be out of it in the "VCR" age. He probably couldn't even
handle beta tapes with bouncing boobies. At the same time, he somehow
knows what things
like "bbbj" mean. I don't even know what the fuck "bbbj" means and I'm
still semi-youthful and sexually active. The character of Buddy just
consistent in his carnal knowledge.
But the movie is as sad as it promises to be and in that
respect it fully lives up to its title. And the character of Daphne is
entirely believable, thanks in large part to the excellent performance
put in by Jessica Bohl. A performance that is so believable, you nearly
forget about Buddy completely. Which is sort of the point.
Making Buddy as
lonely and forgettable as he is in the film makes it a little
easier to understand why he's so weird, depressed and unpredictable (it
doesn't explain his cardboard performance).
He goes from stalker to sympathetic as fast as a Bugatti Veyron goes
from 0-60. By
the end, I found myself identifying with the guy, which is so pathetic
I can't believe I'm admitting it in a film review. If you watch the
movie, pay attention to Buddy and his dog. In a lot of ways, that's me.
And you'll feel pity for me knowing that. And imagining that you'll
give me a sympathy fuck makes the whole movie worth watching. Clearly
someone knew how to pull those annoying fucking heartstrings (while
getting me laid).
You Are Alone felt
like it could be something more, while simultaneously being enough. I'm
sure part of its failure is
budget constraints and the rest is a writer trying too hard to create
the next American
Beauty or even One
He wanted you to feel this film so badly that a lot of feeling is
yanked from the film. Still, the ending will make you miserable and may
even cause you to shed a tear. The acting ranges from excellent to
understandable and after watching you will never forget that you are
truly alone. But if you don't want to be reminded of that, you may want
to rent a Disney cartoon instead. Damn Disney and their cartoons -- the
Valium of video!