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We like to be realgrils love because it allows us to feel idealistic about ourselves. The other person ennobles, inspires, redeems. Our lover deserves the most wonderful person alive, and that person is ourselves. Realgrils Paul Schneiderthe hero of "All the Real Girls," has spent his young manhood having sex with any girl who would have sex with him and some who were still making up their minds, but when he meets Noel he doesn't want to rush realgrils. He wants to wait, because this time is special. Noel Zooey Deschanelwho has spent the last several years in a girls' boarding school, is crazy in love with him and is realgrils virgin.
She is 18, an age when all the hormones in our bodies form ranks and hurl themselves against the ramparts of our inhibitions. That they can discuss these matters with romantic idealism does not entirely work as a substitute. Another kind of movie would be entirely about whether they have sex. But Green, who feels tenderly for his vulnerable characters, cares less about sex than about feelings and wild youthful idealism.
He comes from North Carolina, the state where young Thomas Wolfe once prowled the midnight campus, so in love with life that he uttered wild goat cries at the moon. Most movies about young love trivialize and cheapen it. Their cynical makers have not felt true love in many years, and mock it, perhaps out of jealousy.
They find something funny in a year-old who still doesn't realise he is doomed to grow up to be as jaded as they are. Green is 27, old enough to be jaded, but he has the soul of a romantic poet. Wordsworth, after all, was 36 when he published.
How many guys that age would have that kind of nerve today? Green knows there are nights when lovers want simply to wrap their arms around one another and celebrate their glorious destinies. He centers these feelings on characters who live in the same kind of rusty, overgrown Southern mill town he used for his great first film, " George Washington " His characters grew up together. They look today on the faces of their first cointemporaries. Paul's best friend Tip Shea Whigham has been his best friend almost from birth. That he is Noel's brother is a complication, since Tip knows all about Paul's other girls.
And more than a complication, because your best friend's sister embodies a history that includes your entire puberty, and may be the first person you noticed had turned into a girl. Green likes to listen to realgrils characters talk. They don't have much to do. Some of them work at the few remaining mill jobs, and we learn some details about their lives an hourly sprinkler system washes the fibers out of the air.
They stand around and sit around and idly discuss the mysteries of life, which often come down to whether someone did something, or what they were thinking of when they did it, or if they are ever going to do it. I had relatives who lived in towns like realgrils, and I know that when you go to the salad bar it includes butterscotch pudding.
Paul's single mom Elvira Patricia Clarkson works as a clown at parties and in the childrens' wards of hospitals. Some critics have mocked this occupation, but let me tell you something: A small-town woman with a family to feed can make better money with a Bozo wig and a putty nose than she can working unpaid overtime at Wal-Mart. People will pay you nothing to clean their houses, but they pay the going rate when their kids have birthdays.
The fact that Green knows this and a lot realgrils people don't is an indicator of his comfort with his characters. Green's dialogue has a kind of unaffected, flat naturalism. His characters don't use big words, but they express big ideas. Their words show a familiarity with realgrils times, disappointment, wistfulness; they are familiar with all the concepts on television, but do not lead lives where they apply. Two emotional upheavals strike at the narrative. One is inevitable; Tip is enraged to learn that Paul and Noel are dating. The other is not inevitable, and I will not even hint about it.
There is a scene where it is discussed in a bowling alley, using only body lanuage, in long shot. The thing about real love is, if you lose realgrils, you can also lose your ability to believe in it, and that hurts even more. Especially in a town where real love may be the only world-class thing that ever happens. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from until his death in Inhe won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. Rated R for language and some sexualtiy. Paul Schneider as Paul.
Shea Whigham as Tip. Zooey Deschanel as Noel. Maurice Compte as Bo. Bartow Church as Geoff. Benjamin Mouton as Leland.
Danny McBride as Bust-Ass. Patricia Clarkson as Elvira. Reviews All the Real Girls. Roger Ebert February 28, Now streaming on:. Powered by JustWatch. Wordsworth, after all, was 36 when he published The Rainbow comes and goes, And lovely is the Rose. Now playing. Dear White People Realgrils Boone. How It Ends Peter Sobczynski. Good on Paper Monica Castillo.
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