“I Melt With You” Movie Review
(Currently streaming on Netflix)
Directed by: Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies)
Written by: Glenn Porter (Nothing)
Starring: Thomas Jane (The Punisher, The Mist), Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Family Man), Rob Lowe (St.Elmo’s Fire, Tommy Boy) and Christian Mckay (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Four College friends get together for their annual drug and booze addled vacation of male bonding and debauchery. Only this time, hampered by the troubles of their lives back home they take things too far.
The movie and it’s characters will make you mad. But you can’t deny the gall of this film to show you the ugly side of it’s leading men and their unflinching descent into manic self destruction. It’s almost impossible to like. But it’s a beautifully shot film with more than impressive acting by everyone involved. Jeremy Piven and Thomas Jane really show some versatility and I wish they were allowed to showcase it in a film less ugly at it’s core. The problem is it’s a film mostly about male bonding by people who obviously don’t know anything about male bonding. It’s homo-erotic undertones are pointless and showy and I think the ending comes only because you can’t possibly let these unlikable animals be unleashed back into the world after you see how screwed up they really are. Bottom line it’s a beautiful film that’s ugly at it’s heart with amazing performances by it’s actors. Unfortunately despite all of it’s deep thoughts and gutsy stories…. it doesn’t have anything meaningful to say. That’s okay for a popcorn flick about a few guys partying but not the art house drama this film tries to be.
Mike Holtz,We Watched A Movie
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