WENDY AND LUCY
Melancholic Economic Realities
Release Date: December 12, 2008
Starring: Michelle Williams, Walter
Dalton, Larry Fessenden, Will
Oldham, John Robinson, and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 80 minutes
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Executive Producer: Todd Haynes, Rajen Savjani,
Phil Morrison, and Joshua Blum
Producer: Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani and
Writer: Jon Raymond and Kelly
Address Comments To:Oscilloscope Laboratories
511 Canal St., 5E
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 219-4029
WENDY AND LUCY is a road film, where the plot takes place during a journey. In this movie, however, the audience is only allowed to see a brief snapshot of Wendy’s journey toward making a better life for herself and her dog. The overall effectiveness of the movie would have been better if there had been some sort of triumph by the heroine of the story. The movie’s very realistic portrayal of life offers little hope for viewers, save for the one character in the movie, the Walgreens security guard, who does his best with what little he has to help Wendy in her economic situation.
Although the camera work is done in the style of a homemade movie, it is very fitting for the overall effect that the filmmakers are trying to achieve. The acting is very well done, especially that of Michelle Williams, who plays the character of Wendy.
However, there are a few elements requiring strong caution for viewers, such as the use of strong foul language and a couple of brief instances of drug use. Also, Wendy steals food for herself and her dog in order to save money, and then lies about what she did after getting caught. The grocery store employee who catches her is wearing a pronounced cross necklace and tells his manager that they need to make an example of her. This seems to be a light jab at Christianity. Finally, there is an unsettling scene where Wendy encounters an insane, homeless man in the woods while she is sleeping.
WENDY AND LUCY would have been more effective if there had been some sort of triumph by the heroine. The movie’s realistic atmosphere offers little hope, save for one character who does his best with what little he has to help Wendy. The camerawork is like a homemade movie, but it fits. The acting is good. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, however, because of strong foul language, brief marijuana use, a light humanist worldview, an anti-Christian tone in one scene, stealing, lying, and an unsettling scene with an insane homeless man.