Imagine Me & You - Review
Review by Jack Foley
IT MAY be designed as a romantic comedy with a twist but Imagine Me And You feels more like a tragedy in more ways than one.
Written and directed by Ol Parker, the film focuses on Heck (Matthew Goode) and Rachel (Piper Perabo), a young couple about to get married, whose life is turned upside down by an unexpected chain of events.
While walking up the aisle, Rachel notices Luce (Lena Headey), a beautiful florist, and the two find themselves instantly attracted to each other.
They become friends at the reception and continue to hang out until Rachel cannot hide her feelings any longer and begins an affair – leaving Heck to work things out for himself and do the honourable thing.
From its unlikely premise alone, Imagine Me And You continues to strain credibility at every opportunity as well as lazily resorting to cliche in several of its support players.
Parker is clearly attempting to recapture the magic of Working Title hits such as Four Weddings & A Funeral but suffers from an uneven tone and a subject matter that struggles to find laughs from its awkward scenario.
By making Heck the film’s most sympathetic character, Parker also places the audience at odds with his two central protagonists – leaving Rachel and Luce to fumble about with each other without really tapping into the heartache of their situation.
As such, this is really Goode’s movie and he seizes the opportunity with relish, oozing charisma when afforded the opportunity as well as the heartbreak and pain of his subsequent betrayal.
If nothing else, Imagine Me & You suggests that Goode has a very bright future ahead of him as a leading man following his disappointing showing in Woody Allen’s Match Point.
Alas, he cannot save the movie given that both Perabo and Headey occupy most of the screen-time and struggle to convince as potential lesbian life partners.
The director’s decision to reduce most of the support cast to caricature is also lamentable, particularly in his depiction of Rachel’s stereotypical mum and dad (played by a completely wasted Celia Imrie and Anthony Head).
The ending, when it arrives, also feels trite and overly manipulated to keep everyone happy – even going so far as to wink at the audience at one stage.
The result is a film that feels hopelessly lop-sided and ill-conceived from the outset.
Running time: 94 minutes