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Imagine Me & You
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Jun 27, 2006 By: Scott Weinberg
Imagine Me & You order
Director:
Ol Parker

Actors:
Piper Perabo
Lena Headey
Matthew Goode

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A florist and a newlywed discover that they have very strong romantical feelings for one another, which stinks because one of 'em is, like I said, a newlywed. Oh, and both the florist and the newlywed are sexy young women.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I think I finally figured out the difference between American romantic comedies and British romantic comedies. Oh sure, they both have their big, obvious, and usually stupid "central plots" that hinge upon a misunderstanding, some jealousy, or whatever plot contrivance you can think of ... but a lot of what works in a romantic comedy comes from the background stuff.

In American romantic comedies, the background stuff usually consists of blind ferrets, defecating cats, babies, farts, or any combination thereof. In British romantic comedies, the background is populated by glib, droll, and periodically very amusing characters. This is why IMAGINE ME & YOU (a British flick) succeeds just a little bit -- whereas if it had been just another American rom-com, it probably would have been a lot more obnoxious.

Basically, this one's as predictable and fluffy as any romantic comedy under the sun, but it's also got some very charming performances and a solid handful of unexpected chuckles. Of the two female leads, one (Piper Perabo) sports a rather unconvincing accent and doesn't have the chops to anchor a movie on her own, but the other (Lena Headey) is as lovely as she is a solid lil actress.

If LOVE ACTUALLY, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL and BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY represent your particular cup of rom-com tea, there's no reason you shouldn't find something to enjoy in IMAGINE ME & YOU. It's a fluffy little concoction that'll capably fill 90 minutes, but it's not destined to become anybody's newest favorite.

THE EXTRAS
Writer/director Ol Parker contributes a humble and informative audio commentary to the platter, but I just couldn't get over the fact that the lucky stuff is married to THANDIE NEWTON!

You'll also find about 20 minutes worth of cast & crew interviews, in which Parker, Perabo, Headey, and leading man Matthew Goode say nice things about their movie. Rounding out the disc are four deleted scenes (with optional commentary) and a three-minute touchy-feely director's statement.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Were it not for the large amount of dry and witty chit-chat among the mostly British ensemble, IMAGINE ME & YOU would be just another instantly forgettable little trifle. But some of the movie's best laughs come at the most unexpected moments, plus it's a pretty sweet movie packed with really pretty women.
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