IMAGINE ME & YOU

"Shameless"

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Summary:

IMAGINE ME & YOU tells the yawn-inducing story of Rachel, a bride who falls in love with a lesbian florist on her wedding day, unbeknownst to her groom. Containing an embarrassing array of follow-your-heart dialogue and only a few witty quips to offer any diversion, IMAGINE ME & YOU puts a shameless lesbian spin on the romantic comedy genre.

Review:

IMAGINE ME & YOU tells the yawn-inducing story of Rachel, a bride who falls in love with a lesbian florist on her wedding day, unknown to her groom. Containing an embarrassing array of follow-your-heart dialogue and only a few witty quips to offer any diversion, IMAGINE ME & YOU puts a shameless lesbian spin on the romantic comedy genre.

After a long and stable courtship, twenty-somethings Rachel (Piper Perabo) and Heck (Matthew Goode) finally decide to marry, and are joined by friends and family at an ostentatious ceremony. Guests include Heck’s best man, lady-killer Coop, played by Darren Boyd, and Luce (Lena Headey), responsible for the wedding’s floral arrangements.

Rachel is distracted after meeting Luce at the wedding, and soon realizes she’s fallen for her, an insight that comes after she’s already tied the knot with Heck. Through a series of post-wedding chance encounters and social outings, Rachel discovers her feelings for Luce are mutual. This disclosure threatens to destroy her marriage as soon as it begins.

The movie fails to engage its audience on many counts. While suffering through the developing promiscuity between Rachel and Luce, viewers will mainly find themselves empathizing for Heck, a likable chap with the wool pulled over his eyes. Neither Rachel nor Luce is capable of arousing the audience’s sympathy, however, because their actions are tormenting Heck, the movie’s most appealing character. Despite writer/director Ol Parker’s attempt to gloss over Rachel’s infidelity with splashes of little-girlish naivety, it can’t compensate for the notion that she’s simply being selfish and unfaithful.

The phrase “slippery slope” has become so overused by pundits on both sides of the culture wars, its cliché status has essentially stripped away whatever potency it may have once carried, but it’s interesting that the homosexual experimentation and infidelity of this movie’s characters are treated in such a blasé fashion, whereas such depictions would have caused controversy and outrage just a few decades ago. While such behavior has existed since Adam’s fall, IMAGINE ME & YOU is yet another example of how certain types of sin are now being pridefully flaunted, rather than shamefully hidden.

This brings to mind eighteenth century English poet Alexander Pope’s take on the progression of the human response to shame and its relationship to sin: “Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, / As to be hated needs but to be seen; / Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, / We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”

Rejecting the merits of marital faithfulness and glorifying infidelity, the movie is shameless. Its characters are rewarded for their vices and face no consequences for their sinful actions. IMAGINE ME & YOU, essentially, portrays an imaginary world where natural laws are nonexistent and morality is purely subjective. It’s our duty as Christians to resist this movie’s harmful message.

Content:

(RoRoRo, PaPaPa, HoHoHo, C, LL, SS, N, AA, D, MM) Very strong Romantic worldview that glorifies following one’s heart to flout traditional moral values, moral relativism and pagan sensual desires, with very strong pro-homosexual content and a wedding performed in a church; seven obscenities and nine profanities; discussion of promiscuity, adultery and several scenes of lesbians kissing; upper male nudity; light alcohol abuse; light smoking; and, infidelity and deceit.

In Brief:

IMAGINE ME & YOU follows the story of Rachel and Heck. After a long and stable courtship, the twenty-somethings, played by Piper Perabo and Matthew Goode, finally decide to marry. They are joined by friends and family at an ostentatious ceremony. Rachel becomes distracted after meeting Luce (played by Lena Headey), and soon realizes she’s fallen for her, an insight that comes after she’s already tied the knot with Heck. Through a series of post-wedding chance encounters and social outings, Rachel discovers her feelings for Luce are mutual. This disclosure threatens to destroy her marriage as soon as it begins.

Containing an embarrassing array of follow-your-heart dialogue, IMAGINE ME & YOU puts a shameless lesbian spin on the romantic comedy genre. Rejecting the merits of marital faithfulness and glorifying infidelity, the movie shamelessly glosses over Rachel's infidelity. While such sinful behavior has existed since Adam’s fall, this movie is yet another example of how such vices are now being pridefully flaunted, rather than shamefully hidden. The movie essentially portrays an imaginary world where natural laws are nonexistent and morality is purely subjective. It’s our duty as Christians to resist this movie’s harmful message.

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