“ Genre: Romance / Theatrical Release: 2006 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Ol Parker / Actors: Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Darren Boyd, Matthew Goode ... / DVD released 2006-10-16 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Imagine Me & You - for the sake of brevity, in this review I'll refer to it as "IM&Y" - is a 2005 romance movie of approximately 95 minutes long. The movie focuses on the growing lesbian love between Rachel, who has just gotten married, and Luce, who did the flowers at her wedding - and how their affair affects their family, friends, and Rachel's husband, Hec.
The title is slightly misleading and gives the vague sort of impression that the film will be more of a fly-on-the-wall or pornographic (so to speak) view of a lesbian affair. This isn't quite true - or true at all. Without referencing the ending for those who have yet to see it, IM&Y is a feel-good film. There is very little angst or drama to be had here, despite obvious reasons, and if I had to describe this film in one word, it would be "affirming". Affirming of cute lesbians, affirming of love, affirming of family.
Unfortunately, for me, it affirmed nothing but a nurturing dislike. If you'll allow it, in emoticon terms, this movie is a ":/".
I tried hard to like IM&Y, I really did. I watched it with a friend and we laughed at the little girl's jokes and we wondered out loud if Rachel's father was tortured during the war or something (you'll see what I mean), but we both agreed that this movie was all over the shop in terms of how believable the situation and events therein really were. Rachel literally sees Luce for the first time when she is walking down the aisle towards her future husband, Hec, and apparently, that is all it took. Just like that. In this movie, love at first sight is a fact - and I am not a believer. Even to begin with, I find it very hard to accept that a 30-something woman who had been heterosexual for all those three decades would suddenly fall for a woman when she was already in love with a man. It was sudden. It was the sinkhole in the sandpit.
This in itself is not my biggest complaint - I believe a good film would've carried this theme of suddenness, of the world going topsy-turvy when you meet someone who makes your heart beat a little faster, much better than IM&Y managed to. Throughout these 95 minutes or so, Luce and Rachel, for some reason (considering Luce's job arranging flowers for Rachel's wedding is over) stumble upon situations where their hands almost touch, where they bond over emotional and heartwarming things like - er, football - or Rachel's niece's play where she embodies the character of "science".
On another note, Hec, Rachel's husband, is a difficult character for the viewer to digest. As a feel-good movie, the audience is meant to simply accept that this "nice guy" character, through no fault of his own, is put through probably the biggest emotional trauma of his life when he realises his wife of three months not only doesn't love him anymore, but loves someone else, and that person is a woman. Frankly, it was difficult to watch, but the film doesn't linger on the upheaval love creates - instead, we get big showy displays of sapphic love and affection and then a quick "one year later..." after the credits, where everything worked out for the best. Who'da thunk it?
It was this shallowness that is the film's worst trait, by far. Shallow and quick, even the titular couple of Rachel and Luce failed to spark enough chemistry, even in their kisses and furtive glances. It all fell just a little bit flat for me.
One other thing I'd like to mention in this review: this movie was rated R, which is incredibly silly, in my opinion. There were no sex scenes and only an occasional use of profanity which could've easily been edited out. Apart from the once or twice usage of "the f word", I would say this movie could have fared better being labelled PG-13. I would happily show this movie to a family member - which is not something I can say about The L Word or Fingersmith. So if you like romance movies - or maybe your mum does - then this might just be your cup of tea.
Imagine Me and You is a great film and one that a lot of people probably never even thought to watch or possibly have never even heard of.
Rachel is about to get married to Heck. The whole wedding goes as planned; Rachel marries her best friend and the two are clearly happy. However, Rachel can't forget about the woman who she saw as she walked down the isle. That woman is Luce. She did Rachel's flowers and after the wedding the two end up talking after Luce rescues Rachel's ring after it accidentally slips off.
Cooper (or Coop as he prefers to be known) is Heck's best friend and best man. He's known as a ladies man and as soon as he sees Luce he makes it his mission to get her. Things aren't going his way though and it turns out there's a very good reason - Luce is gay. Not that this is about to make Coop give up.
After the wedding Rachel and Luce meet again and soon become friends, which is when things start to become complicated. Luce likes Rachel, but Rachel is married and she doesn't want to accept how she's feeling and she doesn't want to hurt Heck. After all Heck is her best friend and husband.
As the DVD states, the path to true love isn't always straight.
The main characters are Rachel (Piper Perabo), Luce (Lena Headey), Heck (Matthew Goode) and Cooper (Darren Boyd).
Luce is a woman who keeps to herself, claiming she has a like life which suits her just fine when her best friend tells her she should get a love life. She respects that Rachel is married and keeps her distance, until Rachel makes a move and goes to see her.
Coop is a ladies man and a rather typical guy. At times when he seems to be giving advice to Heck his comments always lead elsewhere, although it's clear he cares about Heck.
Heck is a nice, caring guy who obviously loves Rachel a lot and just wishes her to be happy. He tries his best to do everything right.
Rachel is someone who doesn't like to hurt people and tries to do the right thing, but she always follows her heart.
I've seen Piper and Lena in other films and they are great actresses. They play the characters Rachel and Luce well and you can really see their relationship grow.
Course you can't forget H (Henrietta) played by Boo Jackson who has some great lines and plays the part really well. The film just wouldn't be the same without her.
The sound track to this film is great and really fits with the film. The main song that you remember from it is Happy Together by the Turtles; a very catchy song that goes with the title and makes me think of this film whenever I hear it.
It's not the most original storyline, but it stands out from other romantic comedies simply because of the characters and fantastic script. It's also nice to see an English film on this subject as many other popular films with a gay theme are American (e.g. Lost and Delirious and Loving Annabelle).
The only thing that I think lets it down is the fact that there is a lot of bad language and I don't think it's always needed. It's rather surprising the film is a 12 and not a 15. Having said that, there are times when the language adds to the comedy, like when Rachel and Luce go to a football match and are yelling to the players.
This is a great film that everyone can enjoy. It's a typical romantic comedy with a twist. A must watch.
An excellent British film which deals with its gay storyline both gently and realistically.
The story follows a bride who on her wedding day falls in love with another woman at first sight - this sounds trite at first but the story that unfolds is sweet and emotional, and follows not only the confusion of Rachel who finds herself in love with another woman while married to her long term partner, who she also cares deeply about, but also shows us the emotional fallout for her husband when he realises his wife is not in love with him anymore, and Lucy's (the woman she is in love with) moral dilemma at being in love with a married woman.
Whilst dealing with deep emotional issues the film manages to remain in the most part light hearted and funny, making the viewer care about what happens to the characters. Although viewers will be rooting for Rachel and Lucy to get together at the end, you will also find yourself hoping that the man of the story also gets a happy ever after!
Finally, although the choice of quality gay films is limited this one ticks all of the boxes. Not only is it a great gay film, it is enjoyable for anyone- I have lent this DVD to many of my straight friends all of whom have rated it very highly - so whoever you are watch this film!
Imagine Me and You is an excellent romantic comedy about gay love which gives it a raher unique angle in the essentially macho film making world. This is a clever and amusing comedy which held my attention throughout the length of the film.
Luce played by Lena Headey is at a wedding when she falls in love at first sight, the problem is that the person she falls for is called Rachel, played by Piper Perabo, is dressed in white and is just about to marry Heck, played by Mathew Goode. Despite this they manage to strike up a friendship after the nuptuals however it is a one sided attraction twhich does not bode well for the friendship. To make this potential triangle a rectangle you also have womaniser Coop, Heck's best friend who wants to bed Luce.
There are some delightful sequences of dialogue in this film which will have you in stitches not least the put down lines from Rachels domineering mother played by Celia Imrie who is in fine form in an excellent role. I liked the subtlety in the way the relationship between Rachel and Luce developed, Perabo and Headey had some good chemistry together which is really convincing. It is a clever and well crafted script that really helps maintain the flow of the film for the entire 90 minutes.
This is a very British comedy film and one that I recommend seeing as it puts to shame many a lazy rom com from the other side of the pond. Available at Amazon for £3.22 which is a good price to pay.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Luce (Lena Headey) does and when she sees Rachel (Piper Perabo) for the first time that's just what she thinks it is. The only problem is, when she sees Rachel for the first time, Rachel is walking down the aisle about to marry Heck (Matthew Goode). Rachel and Luce share an instant connection, Rachel thinks it's a purely platonic, but Luce falls for Rachel instantly.
Rachel and Luce begin to spend more and more time together thanks to Rachel's trusting and loyal husband, Heck. If you thought this love triangle couldn't get anymore complicated there's Coop, Heck's best friend who will sleep with anything with a pulse and he's set his sights on an unassuming Luce. So Luce wants Rachel, Coop wants Luce, Heck wants Rachel and poor old Rachel doesn't know what she wants...
Although being released back in 2005 I had never heard of Imagine Me & You until recently when it was broadcast on television, maybe me not being the target audience (not gay) slightly alienated me and that's where this film falls slightly. It is immediately pegged as being a gay romantic comedy when really it should simply be a romantic comedy to rival the best of them, because, well... it is.
I can safely say that this is one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a very long time, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it at all given the fact that it is centred around lesbians. Well that's what I first thought, but when you watch the film for yourself (and you definitely should) you'll realise just how fluid this film is. It's not centred around lesbians at all, it's about relationships (think 'Closer' with a twist) and whether you're gay/straight/bi you're bound to enjoy it.
All actors involved do a superb job and it's no surprise given the stellar line up. The main cast all do a fantastic job and this is complimented perfectly by the supporting cast which includes talent such as: Celia Imrie, Anthony Head, Sue Johnston and newcomer Boo Jackson. Imrie is on top form as Rachel's up tight Mother who degrades her husband in the most malicious yet funny ways. She comes out with numerous one-liners, 'you're about as useful as a fart in a jam jar' being one of the more memorable quotes. Anthony Head shares excellent chemistry with Imrie as the long suffering husband and before long you'll be willing him to bring his pompous wife down a peg or two.
Lena Headey and Piper Perabo make an excellent pairing and share an abundance of onscreen chemistry, their blossoming relationship was played very subtly and hats off to the two women because they played their roles to perfection, without going too over the top, all the while displaying their feelings for each other in a way that the audience will instantly strike a chord with. Perabo is at times a little wooden I felt and at times she looks a bit like a deer caught in the headlights with her blank stares she does when she's trying to exude bewilderment. Being the central character this doesn't do the film any favours but luckily she brings enough emotion and charm out of her character that the audience don't lose interest in her struggle.
The standout performance of the film for me came from Matthew Goode who plays Rachel's doting husband Heck. On paper he would appear a dull workaholic but he somehow manages to bring the character alive and you really feel for him throughout the film. He shines onscreen from start to finish and I personally feel that towards the end of the film he's not given enough screen time because the film becomes primarily about Rachel and Luce. We see a lot of emotion from him towards the end and it would have been nice to see a little more and let his character grow. I was however glad that the film didn't completely cut out Heck towards the end of the film which is what I was expecting.
As aforementioned, the film doesn't dwell on the fact that there is a lesbian relationship embedded into it, infact if the character of Luce had been a man this would have worked just as well as a heterosexual romantic comedy and although it probably would have garnered a lot more recognition I'm glad the director didn't go down the easy route and make lots of money. He wanted to steer away from the typical gay romantic comedy stigma and provide audiences with something fresh and new, which is exactly what he does. The film luckily isn't too predictable which is the main downfall of the majority of romantic comedies and it doesn't go with the 'socially acceptable' ending. It portrays the two women as strong and independent and in turn we're given a romantic comedy that's likely to stick with you for a long time to come regardless of your sexual orientation.
The film doesn't go down the tacky route of getting sleazy men to watch by playing on the lesbian aspect. If you men are expecting unadulterated girl-on-girl action you're going to be left very disappointed. There are a few girl-on-girl kisses which may excite the pubescent boys in the audience but apart from that the film remains a very classy 90 minute viewing experience.
The script is witty throughout, it's not just a film that will make you chuckle occasionally it's a film that will have you laughing out loud on numerous occasions. A lot of the comedy is typically British which will no doubt strike a chord with the audience which is bound to be mainly British. Humour aside, there are actually some very poignant moments in the film which I wasn't expecting from a film as light-hearted as this. It manages to successfully cross the boarder between comedy and romance and whilst it always retains it's light-hearted nature it's also a very moving story.
This is undoubtedly one of *the* best romantic comedies I've ever seen and I have no hesitation or reservations about recommending it. Don't let the sexuality aspect put you off, I'm a straight female and I enjoyed it immensely. Shortly after watching the film I ordered it online, it really is worth watching. This film has 'feel-good' written all over and the execution definitely lives up to the premise.
The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99.
"The path to true love isn't always straight" (No understatement there!!)
2 boys, 2 girls, simple really....or is it?
A complicated love square: Hector wants Rachel, Coop wants Luce, Luce wants Rachel and Rachel really doesn't know who she wants!
So first I'll introduce the characters in this 'square':
* Hector (Heck)- about to marry Rachel, they've been together forever; a perfect couple I seems. Played by Matthew Goode
* Rachel- The other half of the very happy couple. Played by Piper Perabo (of Coyote Ugly fame)
* Cooper (Coop)- Hecks best friend and best man at the wedding. Will go with anything with a pulse (his own admission) and his latest interest is Luce. Played by Darren Boyd.
* Luce- She is the florist for their big day, has never met the happy couple before the wedding. Played by Lena Headey, a Huddersfield girl like me :)
This cast is also supported by Celia Imrie as Rachels mum Tessa and the brilliant Anthony Head (Formerly Anthony Stewart Head) as his long suffering wife and father of the bride. Their younger daughter H (Henrietta) is played by an amazing young actress Boo Jackson; she's one to watch for the future definitely.
Imagine me and you is a British comedy, some would liken it to Notting Hill or Love Actually but with a unique twist, definitely its selling point.
The film is set in and around the city of London and I enjoy spotting places I know.
The film starts on Heck and Rachel's wedding day, all running smoothly until in the church Luce catches Rachel's eye as she walks down the aisle and they share a long, lingering look....
Rachel thinks this girl could be her soul mate (purely platonic of course) as she feels such a connection with just that one glance they shared. She invites Luce round for a meal and tries to hook her up with Hecks friend Coop who fancies her from the wedding.
Much to Hecks amusement, he finds out Luce is gay and tries telling his wife so but she won't have it, when Rachel finally believes him she then realises the connection she felt with Luce may not be purely platonic...
Over the next few weeks, Rachel visits Luce at her florist shop but tries to convince herself she just wants to be friends with this woman, she's straight after all and loves Heck doesn't she? She begins to doubt her feelings for her husband and he notices something is wrong, they are living in misery by now.
Will they, won't they? I'm not going to tell you am I, that'd spoil the whole film!
The actors aren't the best but somehow they carry off this script beautifully, Imagine me and you is a really well written film.
There are some great lines, both funny and romantic, a couple of which I noted down as I was watching the film last night as I knew they had to be in this review:
Luce- "Don't forget me"
Rachel- "I won't remember anything else" Awww how sweet??!!
Tessa (Rachel's mum) to Rachel - "So she's á woman, as are you so the two of you are lesbifriends?" Made me laugh out loud!
A strange mix of hilariously funny and heart wrenching situations; it really works for this film.
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Classification: 12; moderate sex references and strong language.
So is it worth watching?
A resounding yes!
Imagine me and you really could make even the coldest cynic believe in love at first sight! A Heart warming story of what could only be described as true love.
Not too soppy for you blokes though (you'll probably enjoy the girl on girl action...) a lovely story with that unique twist, it is sad in parts but it just shows you can't control who you fall in love with and nothing can stop it!
If you're ever in the mindset that the world is a horrible place then watch this and you'll believe in the human race again.
This film will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I know a lot of people haven't seen this film as it wasn't widely advertised when it was out at the cinema, I was raving about it at work today and hardly anyone had even heard of it! So if you're one of those who haven't then go buy the DVD, currently £4.99 from play.com, you won't regret it!
And I'm sure you can guess the fantastic, catchy title song:
"Imagine me and you I do, I think about you day and night, its only right, to think about the girl you love and hold her tight, so happy together.....I can't see me loving nobody but you for all my life.............."
This is one of the most down to earth kind of Gay romantic films you'll see, that shows what it is truly like and how it doesn't always end badly.
The film is set around Rachel (Piper Perabo) on her wedding day when she happens to see Luce (Lena Headey) passing her in the church and though Rachel is slightly distracted by her she continues with her big day. Later on at the reception she actually gets to meet her florist who turns out to be the same woman she had seen (Luce) and they soon become great friends.
The story involves Rachel's family played by Anthony Head and Celia Imrie as Father and mother to Rachel and her own struggle with her feelings now that she is recently married to possibly the nicest man ever Heck (Matthew Goode) and yet she is so distracted by Luce.
I enjoyed this film because it has everything that a British rom com should have and it fills you with the happiest feeling at the end, plus you'll be singing the song from the films title for hours after.