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You and I Movie Review

Long time since I've made a post on my LJ but better late than never. Last night I found that a user had posted the entire movie You and I on YouTube so I watched it, since the trailer was hazy on what the big story was supposed to be. 

The film centers on two girls from two completely different walks of life. Lana is a Russian beauty who lives in a small, rural town in Russia. She works alongside her mom at a meat packing plant and sees little escape from the mundaneness of her life. In her spare time, she writes poems and shares them on a t.a.t.u forum. Janie, an American residing in Moscow, subscribes to Lana's posts and decides to reach out her via the forum's chat options. They agree to meet in Moscow and have Lana stay with Janie for a few days to see the t.a.t.u concert in Moscow. 

Before Lana is scheduled to visit, Janie takes Lana's latest poem and puts music to it to make it into a song. Lana arrives in Moscow and has some trouble finding Janie until they connect via cell phone to find their locations. Janie shows Lana that she has turned her poem into a song and a YouTube video. It has not received many hits, which Lana reasons it could be due to Janie's iffy singing and awkward filming. The girls reshoot the video and post it to YouTube.

The rest of the film shows how the girls deal with the cruel fate of reality as they eventually meet their favorite band, t.a.t.u. Janie battles a drug addition and denies it until she witnesses a frequent customer convulsing and eventually dying from an overdose. Lana realizes that entering the modeling world is difficult and nearly impossible, despite her good looks. Her physical beauty draws many male suitors who attempt to seduce her several times in the film but she realizes that she is drawn to Janie, who likewise feels the same. t.a.t.u.'s manager Max finds their YouTube videos and makes the effort to find them and make their dreams come true: to meet the band and have their songs be performed live. 

As a film, casting was fair. The character Janie felt contrived to me, as she acts out like the typical teenager who abuses her life with drugs until she sees that defining moment that brings her back to reality. The movie site described her as a lesbian but there are only glimpses of it – a more accurate portrayal of a lesbian perhaps but it would have been interesting to see how the story could have touched on that as a problem in the film. Lana is used as comedic relief in some areas when she asks for definitions of American slang, which I feel was a bit overdone after a few times. Anton Yelchin as Edvard was annoying as I am not a fan of his acting in this production with the over-the-top attitude he exhibits. 

Overall, I would give this film 3/5.

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