movie: you again

"you again" directed by andy fickmani got a chance to watch an advanced screening of YOU AGAIN last wednesday night. though, technically it’s not an advanced screening since this movie started playing in american theaters last september.

but it’s opening 3rd of november here, so… advanced.

glad we got that cleared up.

okay, YOU AGAIN tells the story of marni, a successful career woman, who suddenly gets a blast from the past. her older brother is about to get married–to the woman who single-handedly made marni’s four years in high school a living hell.

what follows is marni’s attempts at getting joanna (the bride-to-be) to admit to the wrongs she did and to apologize for everything. failing that, marni starts trying to stop the wedding–through any means possible.

and then there’s gail, marni’s mother, who finds out that joanna’s aunt is her ex-best friend ramona. they did not separate amicably.

the plot is kinda thin. actually, it’s pretty nonexistent, once you start watching the movie. you get marni trying very hard to expose joanna for the mean bitch she was, and then you get gail trying to one-up the very rich and very powerful ramona. and while those two plot lines are running, marni also has this small romance thing going on–which you don’t really notice until the very blatant nudge at the end of the movie.

but YOU AGAIN is very funny–in a you-don’t-have-to-think-(at-all) way. and i am having trouble trying to expound on that. because that would mean i would have to think about the movie, and i really don’t want to do that. because it would defeat the description i gave it, which is “it’s very funny–in a you-don’t-have-to-think-(at-all) way.” thinking about it would make it still funny, but rather pointless.

then again, the movie is pointless.

there’s a couple of lessons somewhere about honesty and forgiveness. and in a review i wrote for, i said the movie doesn’t get preachy about these lessons. but the thing is, getting preachy would actually entail having a plot. and a point. the movie has neither. but it sure is enjoyable.

so if you’re looking for something to watch after the all saint’s weekend–well, give YOU AGAIN a shot. don’t think about the story, just enjoy the laughs for what they are–a break from life.


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