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All The Real Girls Review


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David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls (the follow-up to his astonishing 2000 debut George Washington) exhibits the same gently lackadaisical rhythm and acute perception of human joy and misery that made his debut such a success, even as it charts new territory. A dreamy tale of the wondrous elation and sometimes terrible sorrow that accompanies love, the Sundance hit - about the budding relationship between an immature rabble-rouser and the sister of his best friend - occasionally threatens to devolve into laughable sentimentality. But Green's assured direction and two outstanding lead performances never allow this minor masterpiece to lose its course, and the results are a sumptuous romance that pulsates with the passionate ecstasy of the smitten heart.

Paul (Paul Schneider) is a local guy working for his uncle and living with his mother in the same house he's always called home, and his abundant sexual conquests have earned him a well-deserved reputation as a licentious heartbreaker. He spends his free time with a group of lifelong buddies, drinking and looking for his next female conquest. As one former girlfriend wisely observes, Paul's the type of sleazy good-for-nothing who'll never amount to more than what he is now: a drunken, childish buffoon with no ambition. His mother puts it more bluntly: Paul is "not educated, honest, or strong."

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Immediately after seeing David Gordon Green's low-budget slice-of-downtrodden-life, struggles-of-young-love drama "All the Real Girls," I made a notation to rate the film three stars, so there must have been something about it I liked quite a bit. But now that I sit down to review the picture a couple weeks later, I barely remember it. Whatever positive impression it left sure didn't last.

Here's what I do remember (and what I can reconstruct from my notes): It's a rocky romance about a North Carolina mill town's young serial lothario, named Paul (Paul Schneider), who falls in real love for the first time with fresh-from-boarding-school Noel (Zooey Deschanel), who is the little sister of Tip (Shea Whingham), Paul's none too thrilled, pompadour-and-tooth-pick toughie best friend.

I remember that the tenderness between Schneider and Deschanel has a serene ring of lingering-in-a-moment authenticity -- most notably the sweet, wondrous, funny opening scene in which they prudently contemplate their first kiss. "I'm scared," Paul explains," I don't want to have to tell Tip I kissed you."

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