|We Married Margo|
dir JD Shapiro • scr William Dozier, JD Shapiro|
with JD Shapiro, William Dozier, Jillian Johns, Sal Catalano, Kylie Bax, Peter Starson Jr, Tom Arnold, Kevin Bacon, Cindy Crawford, Payne Stewart, Victoria Tennant, Eric Estrada
release St Louis Film Fest Nov.00
|Review by Rich Cline|
|They really married Margo. Jake and Rock (Shapiro and Dozier) blend their real lives with fictional recreations of events that brought them together as filmmakers.|
Shapiro and Dozier play themselves--edgy New York Jew Jake and blond California surfer Rock--two men who were once married to the same woman and have now become best friends and collaborative filmmakers. In the film they tell their story to anyone who will listen, reenacting sequences from their life, including the stretch when they lived together as odd-couple style bachelors. Meanwhile a series of friends and celebrities offer their sides to the story--usually with their own tales of life with (and without) the never quite seen or heard Margo (played here by Bax). The best bit? Kevin Bacon explaining the "Six Degrees of Margo."
The film has such a wacky, disarming style that once you warm to the characters the ride through their life is utterly engaging ... and hilarious. Obviously, this is fairly self-indulgent as they put themselves on screen from start to finish, often in silly movie spoofs/homages--some work (Midnight Cowboy) and some don't (Star Trek). But it's also refreshingly self-deprecating, as Jake and Rock air their dirty laundry, teasing each other with humour that's both biting and affectionate at the same time. And way underneath the film's consistently funny tone, there's a surprisingly serious examination of loneliness and relationships--both marriage and friendship.
[themes, language] 4.Nov.00
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