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
00/US 1h30 3 out of 5 stars
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.
Completely defying cinematic genres, Shapiro and Dozier have made a zany film that's equal parts documentary, sketch comedy and buddy flick. And if you can get in synch with it, it's absolutely hilarious.

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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"4 stars. I loved every minute of this ingenious movie. Shapiro is the next-generation Woody Allen, and in Dozier we also get Woody's Shadow, which adds a whole new dimension to the experience of relationships through the warped perspective of a single psyche -- both the conscious and unconscious sides -- blessed with artistic wit. The chaotic, scatter-gun style of both storytelling and film editing is not for anal retentives, who will quickly become exhausted by constantly trying to organize the ricochet-like presentation into some sort of smooth-flowing wave; but for those who simply surrender to the kaleidoscopic style -- which, by the way, is exactly the way reality occurs in psychologically stable people -- the ride will be consistently hilarious, exhilarating and right-on-the-mark throughout." --D Robert Shiarella, net 20.Apr.02

2000 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall