A couple of days ago I was alerted to the news that As You Are was available to rent on iTunes and Vudu. I was super excited because i’ve been waiting on this movie to drop ever since it created a buzz at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Actually, that was just a bonus, I really initially was only interested in it because Amanda Stenberg was in it. When both the La film festival and NOLA film festival rolled around and weren’t screening that movie, I thought all hope was lost. And it kind of was until this week.
Ok, so I rented it and it took me two days to finish it. Man, I don’t think I liked it. The movie is set in the 90s and is about 3 friends, Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Jack and Mark become step brothers of sorts. Not really, their parents just start dating and move in together. The boys have a pretty good brotherly relationship until they take it to the next level. Now Jack is in love with Mark. Mark is with it to an extent. Sarah ends up dating them both throughout the movie. When she moves on to Mark, Jack is super upset. Not at her, but at Mark because he thought him and Mark would be together based on the game Mark had been spitting to him. At this point, they no longer live together because their parents have broken up. Mark’s dad is an abusive security officer and beats Mark into submission anytime he gets out of line. And because he suspects he’s gay. Mark ends up dead via a gunshot wound. When he died he was with Jack in the woods. So did Mark kill himself, or did Jack kill him? That’s ultimately what the movie is about. Finding out what happened in the woods.
Half the movie are flashbacks giving us the groups backstory, and the other half is present day inside the interrogation room. The cop really irks my nerves. He’s playing good cop. bad cop and it’s so cliche and lame. It’s so easy to predict 95% of the entire movie from the first 10 min, yet it takes nearly 2 hours to get to the point. So now you have to sit through this long drawn out movie just to see what really happened to Mark. I am not a fan of this movie at all. Well, only a little cause of Amanda #Rue4Life, who by the way isn’t even in it enough for my liking. Let the records show that in addition to it taking me 2 days to finish the movie, I also paused it 3 times on night 2 to see how many minutes I had left. There was a lot of unnecessary filler material in there in my opinion. At then the movie finally ended and i was like…
I’m not going to go into detail about the end, but you can probably gather how it ends based on the above picture. Don’t let my opinion of the movie keep you from seeing it. I always like to read reviews, but still see the movie for myself because I might disagree with the reviewer. You can find As You Are on iTunes and Vudu
Kylie’s Rating: C-