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You, Me, Him & Her... Honest Viewer Feedback

You, Me, Him & Her... Honest Viewer Feedback

I really love the movie as a whole. It goes along good with the book, which is hard to do for some, so you aren't really confused on who's who (if you've read the book). I did feel there were some camera angles and cut scene issues, but they weren't too much of a distraction to the movie. Overall it's a good first independent film. – C. Jones

 I enjoyed watching the movie and thought the actors did a good job. However the storyline seemed to be all over the place. There was no background story to help the viewers understand the characters or give us a glimpse of where the story was heading. As a viewer I had no idea why the main character was hated and why there seemed to be an argument all the time. The characters kept jumping into an argument without a real story or a build up to the disagreement and because of that I was confused throughout the movie.  I would give this movie 3/5. – R. Samson

Peace & Salute my G Al Patron. Sat here with my daughter's mother (perfect person for me to watch this with) and was amused. The lead was a loveable asshole (her words) but I agree. Well written & the actors comedic timing was impeccable. Some shaky footage & sound issues aside, we were entertained & loved the ending. "It's like a cycle" -Nas.  Enjoyed that as well. Verses from some of the greats! Peace – Jazz

I heard a Will Packer interview where said "Your first movie will probably be a piece of shit" but he also said that "if you keep working at it you will get better". This film wasn't a piece of shit but you def have some room for growth. I honestly would've like the movie to be a more accurate reflection of the 2 books. My favorite part of the film is where ya boys were giving you a hard time over ya messenger bag, and where the guy was talking about people not meaning to be burdens. That was DOPE! My least favorite wasn't really a part in particular but more so how it transitioned from scene to scene. All in all I thought it was decent for this being ya first crack at film. You can write yo ass off so I think each project from here moving forward will get better for sure. Looking forward to the next project. – Clinton

I thought the film was entertaining and funny. I particularly liked the scene where the guys were making fun of Jamel's murse and all the scenes where he got slapped. The acting was way better than I expected, I assumed most in the film weren't trained actors. No one seemed to try too hard to be convincing, seemed natural. I liked the acting of the actress who played Andrea. Some of the things I thought could be improved were introducing characters. A lot of times characters names weren't even mentioned until well until the scene and if you hadn't read the books you may have been lost. I think some scenes could've been added to introduce these characters especially in relation to who they are to Jamel. A voiceover narration from Jamel could help introduce these characters as to not add too many more scenes to establish their relationship. Even Jamel's character could be introduced more, explaining that he's a writer and so on. Some shots were completely out of focus, as well as a lot of scenes just had one shot instead of maybe 2 over the shoulder shots with them cutting back and forth between the two people interacting or even a more pulled back shot ie; starting with a medium shot and as the convo progresses punching in to a medium close or close up shot. Especially during the arguments between women. I don't think Jamel's agent's face was even shown the whole film, I don't know if that was on purpose or not. The scenes outside the sound was bad, some you couldn't hear what was being said clearly and/or had a lot of background noise drowning out the conversation. At times the scene structure jumps all over the place. Jada is kind of just thrown in there without explaining who she is or how they met as well the Jamaican chick. Overall I thought it was good but could just use more backstory on all characters, a better-structured arc of Jamel's character and more variety of shots. – Ant Dixon

 

It’s clear that Jamel has a lot of growing up to do.

You, Me, Him & Her (YMHH) is a comedic effort that tackles multiple themes throughout an hour of smartass one liners and destructive behavior. Although there were some sound issues regarding the change of volume in each scene, it didn’t allow me to lose sight of the spectrum of emotion that was being portrayed. While to a viewer, the theme of a movie can be subjective; some that are undeniable throughout the project include love and heartache, masculinity, and the discovery of empathy. YMHH is based off the books Forks in the Road and Arête: Forks in the Road 2, both written by Al Patron, who also stars as the films protagonist Jamel. The film illustrates the struggle and eventual acquiescing of whom he’s perceived to be and who he believes he actually is. For Jamel, his accomplishments are a paradox. His success as a screenwriter and the seemingly loving relationship he’s in should presumably make him happy, but that very success is the thing that keeps him from allowing anyone in. Those two conflicting views end up intertwining as we see Jamel grow. He realizes he can be that successful person while also engaging in genuine relationships. The film starts with an argument between him and his girlfriend, Andrea, over Maxwell concert tickets and from there you get to see Jamel’s humor, and his frustrating passiveness, as he navigates a way to a balanced life.

The film follows the cadence of the books, although the books are a bit more detailed. I would have liked to see some of those details translated to screen, but overall it didn’t take away from the direction of the film. One constant from both the books and the film that really added to the project is the quotes before each scene change. With words from Kurt Cobain, Jay Z, Nas, Andy Warhol and the infamous Ron Burgundy to name a few, each alludes to the supposed lesson learned and show that Jamel is potentially on his was to appreciating the people in his life.

Jamel is very literal and he takes words as they are while overlooking the emotion of the moment, which can gauge what’s actually being said. It doesn’t allow him to take his relationships, whether personal or professional; seriously as we witness him sabotage one good thing after another. With Andrea, the proverbial last straw is the broken promise of concert tickets. With Yvonne, his assistant, it’s the unwillingness to comply with deadlines and take his work seriously. With Miranda, Blair, and Eva, women who all have something to offer Jamel, we see him manipulate the situation to get what he wants out of them. This plays on the idea that men aren’t supposed to be sensitive or emotional and ultimately that belief damages these relationships, but it also allows the viewer some insight on how men assume they’re supposed to act.

Everyone has the moment in their life when they question if what they’re doing is genuinely making them a better person and this makes it easy to relate to Jamel in some way. If you can look past the tough exterior and the lack of appreciation he has for his peers, you can see a man trying his best to work on himself, albeit at the expense of others. All of the relationships he has are identifiable and realistic and could easily existent in a real setting.

Based on the way he acts, Jamel seems superficial, but there’s sincerity sprinkled in his character if you look closely. You see it during the end scene when a woman he is trying to romance says, “I need to ask you something important…” and his mind trails to Andrea, arguably the most important person who was in his life. Or when he tells his friends who are looking for a job that they can’t keep asking “what if?” and need to go after what they want no matter the outcome. Those two particular moments lead to Jamel reminiscing about what he’s lost and through those flashbacks; he seems to realize that he’s at fault and begins to hold himself accountable for what transpired.

Jamel is an asshole, but in the way that draws people in; something that I can’t explain. Perhaps it’s that edge of cockiness that makes us think he’s determined enough to actually be a good person or it could just be that we too are blinded by the societal norms that dictate Jamel’s behavior. What I can say is that his story and the way he handles himself are all part of growing up and as stated at the beginning of the film that, is sold separately.

YMHH is an easy story to follow with several valuable lessons; from holding yourself accountable to the age-old cliché of “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone,” there’s definitely something to be learned. The most important lesson though, is that if you treat people like shit, they will likely slap the shit out of you. – S. Glennon

First off, lemme just say that this movie is hilarious. The Jamaican girl Willie Bouncing down the hallway had me HOWLING. The main character, Jamel, felt very real to me. I know a thousand intelligent, yet dumb, niggas like him. The story as a whole is good. It’s definitely a narrative I've seen before, BUT I haven't seen it from this perspective, the perspective of someone I feel like I actually know. The video is ok, but half of the audio is bad, to the point where I gotta rewind it just to hear what was said. Overall, I liked it. I thought it was funny, witty, and real. Can’t wait to see more. – C. Hawkins

Excellent Quotes in between scenes. Bravo on the selection.

Audio too low on Park scene with Miranda. Background noise drowns out some of Jamel's part of the conversation.

Very real. Doesn’t feel scripted. Emotions aren’t forced.

Scene walking through subway audio was partially muffled out by background noise.

The scene where Jamel goes to Blair's job was shot perfectly. The audio was on point.

The Mariano of the Marriot quote after was zoomed in a bit too much. Not sure if intentionally done or?

The 1st part of the scene with Jamel and Perry was a bit blurry. But overall a good scene.

The "Murse" Scene was absolutely hilarious. Perfect audio even through the wind.

The camera flip back to Jamel during the date with Blair in his living room was a bit abrupt and seemingly made the view on Jamel rather grainy and dark. But this scene got very dope at the end.

During the apology scene after Jada enters Jamel's apartment someone in the production crew peeked in on the shot. Face was visible. He immediately got out of the way.

The audio on the scene with Brownsville Charles started off way low. Couldn't clearly hear some of the convo at the beginning.

Overall I liked this movie. Jamel's character was very relatable, funny and real. Felt like real life rather than a movie. Which was great. His on screen chemistry with Andrea and Perry was fantastic. A shame she didnt pan out. Great acting. Cant speak enough on Perry. Good acting. My favorite supporting character in this film. Reminds me of a good friend of mine. I liked the story and the characters. I had a lot in common with Jamel and Perry. Felt as though I personally knew them and was watching a replay of experiences I had living in NY. Good mix of emotions throughout the whole movie. I will say that some of the scenes in the movie have some issues. For me they are forgivable given the nature of the production. Things to work on would be audio outdoors and to alleviate blurriness in some scenes. Although impossible to drown out traffic. Some of the outdoor scenes audio got drowned out by ambient background noise. It didn't happen in every scene.  – G. Coppo

Here's my review for You, Me, Him & Her. From the first scene I was locked in because it seemed like déjà vu, I related immediately. At the second scene, I knew I was liking where this was going. I really enjoyed this movie. It was funny and super relatable. The only issues I would say I had was that during the outside scenes, the background noise & wind stopped me from hearing what they were saying. Like the park scene the words sounded low & the train scene I can't tell you what they said. Another thing was that I was confused about the transitions of girls after the breakup. I had to rewind it a few times to really understand. Other than that, I think it's a great project and with more acting practice & a few more transition scenes or editing to make sure everything is properly interpreted, it would be even better. I feel like if it was like a reoccurring series or something I would definitely tune in. I look forward what's next. – Crys G.

First of all I want to say I did enjoy the movie in its entirety it was funny beyond what I imagined to be honest. With it being funny I liked that you dropped jewels as well as keep it "real" as us urbans tend to say. One thing I had trouble with wasn't the dialogue but certain scenes dealing with the sound were hard for me like the scene where you & your man (forgot his name) were walking in the subway station I had trouble hearing what was said. This is all over the place I know. The quotes in between the scenes were dope my favorite was that my guy Nature got a shoutout. (I don't care what no one says Nature had the best verse on banned from tv). Okay I'm not saying this be a kiss ass or anything their sent anything I disliked like I said at the beginning it was very dope. The cast was a great supporting cast all the women were beautiful lol, especially the one who wouldn't meet you @ Nipseys SMH. And For sure the Martin references were great. – Wallace P.

 

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