Imagine Me and You, a cliche rom-com with a gay twist

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Loving someone at first sight is a cliche concept portrayed in this movie, but is worth the watch.

By: Alexa Leviten, Managing Editor & Public Relations

Imagine Me and You was written and directed by Ol Parker. Running for one hour and thirty minutes, it is categorized as a romance, comedy, and drama. The film stars Piper Perabo (Rachel), Lena Headey (Luce), Matthew Goode (Hector “Heck”),  Celia Imrie (Tessa), Anthony Head (Ned), and Darren Boyd (Cooper “Coop”).

The film is rated R, though there is only some kissing, drinking, and minimal language used. Across the US, the film was shown in 106 different theaters on 27 June 2006. Staying for eight weeks, the movie made a total of US$672,243 in revenue. The film grossed over 97,470, debuting at #10 in its second week in the Netherlands and grossing over US$2,635,305 worldwide.

On the DVD audio commentary, Parker reveals that the original name of the film was Click, after the French term for love at first sight , but had to be changed.  Adam Sandler released his film Click in 2006. Instead, the film takes its title from the first line of the song “Happy Together” which is played at the end.

The Plot

The movie centers on the relationship between Rachel (Perabo) and Luce (Headey). They met each other on Rachel’s wedding day as Luce was her florist. Though Rachel was getting married, as she walked down the aisle, they both locked eyes and immediately feel a connection.

Throughout the movie, they form a relationship and their bond escalates. The film takes you through the journey of Rachel discovering her sexuality and coming to terms with her feelings for someone else other than her husband. Being married makes issues complicated, but being that she has feelings for a woman adds more conflict.

Luce is openly gay and is able to talk to her mom about her feelings. But Rachel has not told her parents or anyone else about her sexual orientation. Watching this movie will embark you on the journey of what happens between Rachel and Luce. It makes you question the decisions Rachel will make. Will she stay with her husband or leave him for someone else? Will she come out to her parents or be too afraid to say the truth? The film makes you also question what is important in your life as well. Are you following your heart or settling to not hurt someone’s feelings?

My Opinions

Rotten Tomatoes votes Imagine Me & You holds an approval rating of 35%, based on 98 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The site’s critics consensus reading that besides the lesbian theme, the movie is a generic rom-com cliche. Which, yes I do agree that it is cliche, being that there are not many women-loving women films, I think it is worth watching. Especially since you know it is a rom-com, what else do viewers expect besides a cliche?

BBC wrote, “Love, at first sight, is the subject of debut director Ol Parker’s Imagine Me & You, a witty and immensely enjoyable British romantic comedy.”

I definitely think that this movie is a must-watch at least once in your life. Especially if you are part of the LGBTQIA community. The idea of love at first sight melted my heart. It would be perfect for those couples who also felt that way. Although, for couples who have trust issues or are afraid their partner is cheating, this movie may stir up some insecurities.