Justin Long

REVIEW: Ask Me Anything (2014)

ask-me-anything-posterWhen Katie Kampenfelt (Britt Robertson) decides to take a year off before college her college adviser suggests to her that she could start a blog to give her year off some structure. Her blog becomes her outlet for her adventures in love and sex with boyfriend Rory (Max Carver), college professor Dan (Justin Long) and her boss Paul (Christian Slater).

Ask Me Anything is an interesting drama as not only does it shine a light on a young woman who is pretty confident in her sexuality but it also looks at social media and the blogging platform and how it can make a relatively normal person internet famous. There’s a lot of people commenting on Katie’s life and her choices, she reads every comment both positive and negative and is unashamed of her exploits. She judges her readers just like they judge her.

Katie is a bit of a mess. She is having relationships with three guys almost simultaneously and when there’s guys who just see her as a friend and actually like her she wants nothing to do with them. Katie knows there’s something probably wrong with her and out of all the people in her life she goes to her former boss with a dodgy past Glenn (Martin Sheen) for advice. Sheen and Robertson have great chemistry and while their relationship isn’t the main focus of the film, it is one of the elements that really shines.

Ask Me Anything doesn’t shy away from sex and Katie also smokes, both regular cigarettes and drugs, and is probably on the verge of becoming an alcoholic. That doesn’t mean it has all the answers. Ask Me Anything does have some twists and turns and lives you wanting more answers and more of a tied up, simple ending for Katie. But life isn’t simple and if there’s one thing Ask Me Anything shows is that people keep secrets and you never know everything.

Ask Me Anything is an interesting coming-of-age drama that doesn’t give you all the answers and may leave too many loose ends for some viewers. Still, it is worth watching for Britt Robertson’s brilliant performance and she has great chemistry with any actor she’s paired with. 3/5.

Fun fact: I watched Ask Me Anything after I saw it on Netflix because the director’s name was Allison Burnett and thought I could watch it for the #52FilmsbyWomen challenge. Turns out that Allison Burnett is a man (Allison is a name I never realised could be for both genders) so I felt a bit conned because thinking it had a woman director made me watch Ask Me Anything sooner than I probably would’ve. But as you can see above, I did enjoy Ask Me Anything, I was just a bit annoyed I couldn’t add it to my #52FilmsbyWomen list on Letterboxd.

REVIEW: 10 Years (2011)

10 years posterOn the night of their 10 year high school reunion, a group of friends reconnect and realise that in some ways they haven’t grown up and some may never become what they wanted to.

10 Years has a really big cast but the way it follows these characters over one night gives everyone their time to shine and you get to look into all these people lives. Some of the bigger character storylines in the plot include Jake (Channing Tatum) who meets his high school sweetheart Mary (Rosario Dawson) for the first time in years, bringing back a lot of memories, Reeves (Oscar Isaac) the guy who became a famous musician and everyone wants to have their picture taken with while Sam (Ari Graynor) and Cully (Chris Pratt) are married with two young kids so the reunion is their first time to spend the night with friends for a long time. That’s not all that’s going on, the cast list in this is huge and everyone does a great job with their little moments. (more…)