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Rid of Me

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Rid of Me
Directed by James Westby
Phase 4 Films
Opens November 18, Cinema Village
A movie whose first five minutes contain a woman having menstrual blood rubbed on her face in a grocery store, a sub–Terrence Malick whispery voiceover, and sex initiated with the words “Wanna hump?” is unlikely to leave one indifferent. The “Wanna hump?” couple is squarehead bro Mitch (John Keyser) and his wife, Meris (Katie O’Grady). They return to Mitch’s Oregon hometown after his business goes under, and spooked, Olive Oyl–ish Meris finds it impossible to mix with Mitch’s dumbfuck friends and their dumbfuck wives, a conflict established by contrasting shots of the rest of the group in a unified phalanx to isolated, mousy Meris, with O’Grady doing a Kristen Wiig sweaty-palms act. The inevitable divorce prompts thirtyish Meris to punk out like a teenager before finally finding her way to inner peace (a/k/a lots of beatific grinning). The editing (also by writer-director James Westby) is reality-TV-show twitch; Meris’s suffering is enshrined, while the other characters are compartmentalized into Meris’s Goldilocks’s choices, between preps (too cold), punks (too hot), and softie indie-record-store clerks (just right!). Rid of Me is a bad movie, but at least it’s a flailing, innocent badness.
 
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ridofme4ever
ridofme4ever

Rid of Me is so fucking fun to watch though! You can't honestly say you saw/heard anything about the movie before watching it that would indicate it would be at all good, so you have to approach it with zero expectations. Yes, it's horrible, and that's why it's hilarious. All those close ups of Katie O'Grady (Meris) making such awkward faces... GOLD!


Guest
Guest

yeah, i saw rid of me too. Bad acting, bad writing, completely unbelievable situations that the snobby filmmaker shoves down the audience's throat, forcing us into thinking how wonderful meris is, how justified in her actions she is, and how awful everyone else is execpt her punked out, "just right" friends. this review is spot on. this movie is a pathetic piece of trash.

Jeremy_simon
Jeremy_simon

This review seems spot on for the poorly and carelessly made "Rid Of Me". What affected me most aversely was the jumpy MTV Reality show editorial work that Mr. Pinkerton points to in this review. It is bad enough with utter lack of cinematic element in this film and then to add twitchy editing to it makes it worse. What is the point of edits to close ups of pouring eggs benedict or to landing close on Meris' face (played by O' Grady in a performance so aware and so conscious that this has to be the film in which she can prove she can act). Not sure what the budget was on this film but it looks like a student film that ran out of money. And now I want my money back and a bit of a cool it from team Westby and O' Grady who seem so intent of barraging the world with marketing tactics for a terrible film. These two honestly seem more skilled and concerned with promotion than actually making a good film.

Amy2865
Amy2865

Really? You can't find better adjectives for your reviews? Show yourself more intelligent and professional than the rest of your generation and leave out the sophomoric curse words when giving your "expert" opinion. It lend your reviews more weight.

 

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