I Love You Too

I Love You Too Synopsis

Jim (Brendan Cowell) is a man in his late thirties, emotionally immature only concerned about his miniferrocarril and refuses to grow. He is unable to commit to his girlfriend of three years ago, Alice (Yvonne Strahovski), who is very disappointed that Jim cannot express his love. Hoping to make your boyfriend say the magic words, he says he is considering taking a job in England, but in vain. After a drunken night on the town with his partner Blake (Peter Helliar writer), Jim tries to steal a car, where he met the dwarf Charlie (Peter Dinklage), who is obsessed with the model Francesca Moretti (Megan Gale). In order to get Charlie to help him with Alice, you agree to contact Charlie Moretti. Meanwhile, Jim pregnant sister, Marie (Bridie Carter) struggles with his brut and slow her husband, Owen (Travis McMahon). (PRO)

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The Making of…I Love You Too

or writer and comedian Peter Helliar, seeing I Love You Too come to life on the big screen has been a dream come true; an experience so magical that he compares it to falling in love. "It's the most exciting thing for me," Helliar says.

"I got into stand-up so hopefully I could get a gig writing for television and through writing for television hopefully make some contacts so hopefully I could maybe write a movie. "Now I've made a movie and the best way that I can describe is that it's like I've fallen in love. I've found what I really wanted to do in my life. It's incredible!"

Well known in Australia for his high-profile roles on radio and television, including the long running national talk show Rove, Helliar developed the idea for the film seven years before the first frames were shot.

"I was going to the movies one day and I got half way to the cinema and thought ‘Jeez I don't think I've locked my car'," he says. "I was walking briskly back to my car and thinking what would be the worst thing I could lose if my car was broken into. I think the worst thing you could lose was something personal and the most personal thing I could think of was a love letter. That was the seed of it and it grew from there."

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Tomatometer  Critics 54% | Audience 45%

CRITICS REVIEWS

 

October 21, 2010

Simon Miraudo Quickflix

I’ve never had much trouble expressing my feelings – particularly the romantic ones. Maybe that’s why I had trouble connecting with the hero of I Love You Too, an Australian romcom in which four little words prove to be four words too many. Brendan Cowell stars as Jim, a stand-up bloke who just can’t bring himself to verbally return the affection of long-time girlfriend Alice (Yvonne Strahovski). He really wants to; that much is certain. But a nasty case of oral constipation keeps getting in the way. Again, it’s a condition I’m unfamiliar with. Pre-school/primary school/high school declarations of love were frequent, if not always reciprocated.

I mention my (not un-pathetic) teenage exploits for a reason. Even if my behaviour was immature and plenty naive, I meant well, and each experience was still damn romantic. I Love You Too can be described the same way. It’s chock full of clichés and lame jokes, but the film is sweet, surprisingly touching and eager to put a smile on your face. Every time that I feel like chastising the film for its formulaic indiscretions, I only see the wide-eyed grin of an adolescent who just wants to be loved. And how could I stay mad at that face!

I Love You Too was written by comedian Peter Helliar and directed by comedienne Daina Reid. They’re both first timers – and it shows – but they give it a valiant effort. They’re kept afloat by a solid cast including a suitably limp Cowell and the charming Strahovski (who share far too few scenes together). Of course, the undeniable star of the film is Peter Dinklage. He plays Charlie, a short-statured American who helps piece together Jim’s heart after being dumped by Alice. Viewers may recognise him from The Station Agent or Death at a Funeral. His sardonic, dry-wit is a natural fit here. All the film’s funniest and most poignant moments directly involve Dinklage.

The high calibre of these three performances don’t exactly make it easy to appreciate acting newcomers Helliar and Megan Gale, who play Jim’s sex-obsessed best friend and an unattainable Italian supermodel respectively (obviously). Helliar can’t quite pull off the transition from friendly comedian-next-door to slimy nightclub-trawler. He is essentially playing the same character as Philip Seymour Hoffman in Along Came Polly (a likeness enhanced by the two actors’ uncanny physical similarities). Surprisingly, he is more effective in the more emotional moments. As for Gale, well, she looks very pretty.

The film’s naiveté is what ultimately separates it from the great modern break-up movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. That film is completely brazen in its depiction of relationship limbo. It is filled with brutal truths and moments of unbearable emotional nudity – whilst also somehow being hilarious. I Love You Too can’t quite bring itself to that level of frankness. Sex is a frequent topic of discussion, but it’s never really discussed. The same goes for subjects such as marriage, parenthood, friendship, commitment, and even the film’s elusive four-letter word – love. The terms are thrown around ad nauseum, but it seems that the film attributes the same weight to them as I did as an adoration-professing teen. I Love You Too is a bit too juvenile to tackle these topics.

Helliar’s script is filled with everything you would expect from a typical romantic comedy – the snarky BFFs, the lunch-cutter eager to steal away the vulnerable girlfriend, the climactic race to the airport. It’s a hodgepodge of tropes, but the charm, innocence and genuine sentiment of Helliar’s words are irrefutable. Although he doesn’t quite escape the constraints placed upon him by the genre, I can imagine Helliar one day delivering a genuinely great screenplay – one that perhaps is just a bit tighter, funnier and braver. Thankfully, he already has the romance down pat.

 

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May 18, 2010

Julie Rigg

MovieTime, ABC Radio National

This rare Australian attempt at romantic comedy overloads all its bases. Jim (Brendan Cowell) is a 30-going-on-14 who can't commit to his girlfriend Alice and say the words she needs to hear. Yvonne Strahovski plays Alice, and the wonderful Peter Dinklage whom you last saw in Death at a Funeral is Charlie, a smart, sophisticated guy who teams up with Jim and helps him grow up.

If Australians are wanting to know how to make romantic comedies, then this is in object lesson in how not to: it's written by TV comic Peter Helliar, who also plays Brendan Cowell's boys on the town, one night stand, best mate. The script is way overloaded with not very sympathetic stock Australian characters: it only gets real when Cowell has scenes with Peter Dinklage, when it becomes another movie. Mostly it plays as a not very well thought out TV sitcom, and even Dinklage's Charlie, the main person with whom we can relate, is given a dramatically ridiculous finale.

Groaningly unsophisticated.

 

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AUDIENCE REVIEWS

*** ½ Dean McKenna

 Super Reviewer

Brendan Cowell and Helliar seem to be playing brash versions of themselves, but import Peter Dinklage is fabulous as grieving Charlie. Megan Gale is also fine in the role of Italian supermodel Francesca Moretti. This may not be too much of a stretch for the model-turned-thespian, but her scenes with Dinklage inject heart which is lacking from much of the rest of the film. The statuesque model meeting with her diminutive admirer is genuinely touching, and their final moments together are beautifully judged. Even though he doesn't seem to realise it, adding to the rich tapestry of Jim's life are those close to him, such as his boss (Steve Bisley) and put-upon sister and landlord, Marie (Bridie Carter). The film has a few genuine laugh-out-loud moments and, despite a few misgivings you may have for Jim and company, you can't help but cheer for everyone involved by the end credits. While steeped in rom-com cliché, the finale is as poignant as they come.

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***  Nicki Marie

 Super Reviewer

I like Brendan Cowell, but I don't think he can really pull off romantic male lead, maybe has a little more substance to him. The guy who played his best friend was just painful - the character, anyhow. This blokey Australian thing just really doesn't do it for me. Maybe because I live here. Story is pretty slight. I have rated it a little higher than it deserves as Australia doesn't produce a lot of rom coms, so extra star for trying, and the cast do their best with not a lot

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** ½ Movee Critic Movee Critic

 Super Reviewer

Seemingly good natured and charming, "I Love You Too" is a romantic comedy examining the concept of relationships between men, women, and friend.

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*** Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

I do not know what is the mix up with the OngBak2 movie, but I'll write my review for the Australian I Love You Too, a romantic comedy which has a lot of laughter which is from the clishe sub-category! If this wasn't Australian movie I do not think that I would give more then 40%... but, it is and I appreciate the hard work and obstacles the Australian cinematography has to go through... If you do not expect too much - enjoy the movie! :-)

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