Top 365 Films – #270 – I Melt With You (2011)

Top 365 Films - I Melt With YouDIRECTED BY: Mark Pellington

STARRING: Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay, Carla Cugino, Tom Bower, Arielle Kebbel, Zander Eckhouse, Abhi Sinha and Sasha Grey


EARNED (Worldwide): $0.06m




When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control, and a pact they made as young men is revisited.


The film focuses on  group of old college friends (Richard, Ron, Jonathan and Tim) who gather for a week each year in Big Sur to celebrate Tim’s birthday and catchup with each other. They seem like your typical bunch of men in their forties, with careers, families and responsibilities. As the week progresses however, there is more going on than meets the eye as mountains of drugs make them bare their souls and take a darker turn by revisiting a pact they made as young men.


I Melt With You is a film that is not the must feel-good film to watch or one that warrants repeated viewings on the dark subject matter it develops as the film progresses and to give that away would probably take the power away of viewing it for the first time because, for me personally, the film really got to me like no other film has done in the last decade. The film delves on the darker truth of middle-aged regret, such as what if the job you dreamed of getting or achieving was not all that it was cracked up to be? We have Richard, who wanted to be a published author, but only published one book and now teaches English at High School. Jonathan runs a successful medical practice, but his patients are wealthy drug addicts. Ron is a stockbroker, but is currently facing indictment from the SEC for embezzlement. Tim is an openly bisexual man who up until five years ago was in a happy relationship until accidentally causing the fatal car crash that killed his boyfriend and his sister Jill. It’s a painfully honest yet captivating film, with a hint of insanity as each actor sink deep into their roles and give raw, strong performances across the board. The backdrop of the film set in Big Sur adds to the beauty of the cinematography, mixing with the alienated despair that these group of friends face amongst themselves. It’s a small film with a dark tone that might not be for everyone but damn if it’s not well done.


FAVOURITE SCENE: The final scene of Rob Lowe as Jonathan, the way that it’s shot and presented is just as heartbreaking and tough to watch as he ‘sees’ his son one last time.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘No! No! F*ck that! That’s what I f*ckin’ hate man! These people.. we we can no longer do and say the things
that makes us feel good? You know what I’m talkin’ about! When we get pass 40 we can no longer be honest about what’s makes us laugh!’ – Richard


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