All The Real Girls [DVD] 
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Zooey Deschanel (The Good Girl, Almost Famous), Paul Schneider (George Washington) and Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven, The Green Mile, High Art) star in one of the most refreshing, compelling andoriginal love stories of the year. In a sleepy little mill town in North Carolina, Paul (Schneider)is the town Romeo. But when his best friend's sister returns home from boarding school, he finds himself falling for her innocent charm. In spite of her lack of experience and the violent protests ofher brother, the two find themselves in a sweet, dreamy and all-consuming love. "One of the few films to honestly nail the awkwardness and ardor of young romance." - Megan Lehmann, THE NEW YORK POST.
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Plot here is a well worn one, however the performances, photography and direction make this a definite cut-above.
The real difference with this piece is the courseness with which the narrative and scenes are played out; they make the story believable and real. This aspect is often missed or deliberately omitted to make a film more enjoyable or at least easy to the mind. Not so in this case the film works very well because the emotional / dramatic scenes are played with a real-life feel - so congratulations to the actors and the director for this.
The cut-away from scenes to different places / contexts can be a little off-putting and gives the film an arty aspect - this is supported by the occasional excessive cinema effects - however this element is not excessive and in its way does add to the viewing pleasure.
I enjoyed it - recommended
This is a shame because it is one of the most effecting movies I have seen in roughly a week (Lost in Translation and Girl With A pearl Earring are both excellent also) and more people deserve to see it.
A beautiful story of a boy and a girl in love. That's it. It's amazingly rare to find special relationships such as love when young as accurately portrayed in modern cinema as this film achieves.
The female role played by Zooey Deschanel is tender and subtle while the male role played by Paul Schraider is strong yet emotional. You couldn't ask for a better on-screen chemistry between the two leads; it was all about looks, what is not said, the silences.
The heartache and longing is all there also, as well as the comic relief (it ain't all weepy and heavy sighs).
Go buy this film, it is well worth it, you'll be talking about it with friends afterwards.
The extras are good also, the writer and director David Gordon Green is a revelation, full of insight and intellectual depth about what he wanted to achieve, it makes you feel contented that there is a guy out there who is prepared to challenge film-making assumptions. Watch this guy for the future.
It very much has the feel of a small budget independent film, so if you like those you will certainly enjoy (for want of a better word as I'm not sure you can really enjoy this film) this. If however, you are looking for a standard Hollywood style romance then avoid.
The only real problem with the film is that not a lot happens, it is a slice of small town American life, which turns out to be as unexciting as just about anywhere else really.
Give it a go, you won't be disappointed if you like realism, don't expect breakneck excitement and action though.
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I didnt click at first who Zooey was until after I'd bought the film, so I was looking forward to seeing her as a lead in what other reviewers had rated as an excellent and very... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by Star Sailor
I am a big fan of Zooey Deschanel and decided to start watching some of her lesser-known films starting with this one. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2010 by Fairuza Foch
I watched this film with absolutely no expectations, only renting it on the basis that I had seen a review of Undertow on BBC Talking Movies and while waiting for Undertow to get a... Read morePublished on 24 April 2010 by Ernie
This is the sort of film that high-brow critics love to wax lyrical about-like it's something that's never been made before. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2010 by ScottPaul ScottPaul
....watching this utter drivel. I purchased due to the excellent reviews, and can only conclude that my DVD is faulty and contains an entirely different film. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2009 by Peeps