I MELT WITH YOU
Release Date: December 09, 2011
Starring: ** Pointless Self-Destruction
Runtime: 122 minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Mark Pellington
Executive Producer: Michael Cowan, Aaron L.
Gilbert, Thomas Jane, Neil
LaBute, Heidi Levitt, Sean
O’Kelly, Mark Pellington,
Jason Piette, Glenn Porter,
Producer: Rob Cowan, Norman Reiss
Writer: Glenn Porter
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Basically, it follows four supposedly average American middle-aged males. They are: high school writing teacher named Richard, a doctor named Jonathan whose entire practice has come to revolve around selling prescription drugs illegally, a financier named Ron who’s about to be arrested, and their homosexual friend, Tim, who’s mourning his unexplained part in the death of his lover five years before. The four men signed a mysterious pact as a blood oath while they were in college 25 years before.
As they engage in a numbing array of drugs, alcohol, and sexual behavior throughout the movie’s pointlessly indulgent first hour, glimmers of their inner hopelessness seep through and it briefly appears that the movie might wind up exploring how off-track they are in every way. Instead, [SPOILER ALERT] the story winds up completely romanticizing the men’s behavior, even as the homosexual abruptly commits suicide by hanging himself in the bathroom after a sexual threesome, the financier asks the writer to smother him to death with a pillow, the doctor commits suicide by intentional drug overdose, and the writer finally dives off a cliff into the ocean to choose death over capture by a policewoman. This final suicide leads to the last-moment revelation that the oath entailed that the men would agree to “die as one” if any one of them ever decided life wasn’t fun enough anymore.
Although the movie’s premise is pointless and bleak, and the four male leads are obnoxious, repellent examples of the worst humanity has to offer, writer Grant Porter and director Mark Pellington (who previously directed the similarly dark and anti-suburban ARLINGTON ROAD, among other things) end up completely romanticizing the decisions the men have made. Even secular-minded viewers will be at a loss to find anything of value in this hopeless exercise. Moviegoers perhaps can only find comfort in the fact that this movie, which was honored with screenings at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, was only able to procure the barest of theatrical distribution deals and probably will spend most of whatever life it has trapped in the DVD and video-on-demand realms.
Despite its normally talented cast of leads, who have all delivered solid work in the past, I MELT WITH YOU is one movie that’s a must to avoid for anyone, literally anyone, as its lead characters will undoubtedly be melting together for an eternity in Hell.
The premise in I MELT WITH YOU is pointlessly bleak and vile. The four male leads are obnoxious, repellent examples of the worst humanity has to offer. Also, the almost nonexistent, lengthy storyline takes a full hour to have any narrative drive. Finally, I MELT WITH YOU ends up romanticizing the suicidal behavior of its vile lead characters, who will undoubtedly be melting together for an eternity in perdition.