Claude (Alison Folland, Boys Don't Cry) is a cute, young skateboarding teenager who has a thing for her messed-up best friend, Ellen (Tara Subkoff, The Notorious Bettie Page). Ellen however is in a rut with her homophobe boyfriend (Cole Hauser, The Cave). Enter Luke, a self-assured gay musician, who encourages Claude to actually explore her feelings and perceptions of herself and the world that she lives in. Heeding this advice, Claude finds her way to the local lesbian bar where she meets Lucy (Leisha Hailey, The L Word), a cute punkish girl playing in an all female band. But is this the lifestyle that Claude really wants?
Lesbian cult classic 'All Over Me' is a pull-no-punches riot grrl fairytale about a baby-dyke's coming of age - and coming out - in the beatnik neighbourhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York.
When the violent, homophobic murder of the girls' new-found friend, Jesse (Wilson Cruz) threatens to rip them apart, Ellen embarks on a trail of self-destruction while Claude finally seems able to come to terms with her own destiny, ultimately getting together with the pretty, magenta-haired punk musician, Lucy (a superbly empathetic performance from Leisha Hailey). It's a film that's saved from introspective self-indulgence by the brutal interruption of the outside world, and it's not just a thought-provoking hour-and-a-half, it's a compelling narrative experience. The only weakness is the two-dimensional characterization of Ellen's psychotic boyfriend, well enough played by Cole Hauser, but intrinsically limited in scope. Ann Dowd is superb as Claude's man-chasing mother and the film is topped off by a funky soundtrack.
On the DVD: All over Me doesn't just offer the "usual theatrical trailer" for the film in question but instead offers trailers for two related films, Better than Chocolate and Trick, both of which deal truthfully with gay issues offering a light and often humorous touch. However, that's it as far as additional goodies are concerned, which is a shame, but the vibrant soundtrack is presented in a great Dolby Digital sound. --Harriet Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For it's time maybe a break-thru movie I was disappointed.You b the judge watch yourself. Very nicely done subject matter I was expecting more way people raved about itPublished 21 months ago by myopt2
i think my daughter woud say " i love it " but as i bought it as a present cannot really comment the dvd was delivered on timePublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by Mr. John Hepworth
I was really looking forward to watching this film (mostly due to Leisha Hailey), however, I was left somewhat disappointed. The film starts with two teenage girls, best friends. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2010 by S. Trent
I don't think that I would have many positive things to say about this film if it wasn't for Leisha Hailey's outstanding performance (Despite her being made to suffer with a... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2008 by Gina 653
True, this film manages to escape from every Hollywood cliche. This is, however, at the expense of the viewer being able to listen to coherent dialogue (the characters mumble alot,... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2006 by E. Goodman