Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The We and the I
A very weak first quarter of the movie year continues with the train wreck "The We and the I," which with its diffuse and incoherent mash-up of styles demonstrates how thin the line between the winsome whimsy of Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" - and the respectable rigor of his "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" - and outright formlessness.
His new picture, which was "workshopped" with teenagers from the Bronx for several years - and feels like it (precious little happens naturally), manages to be both cloying and highly unpleasant, a seemingly eternal bus ride through New York, trapped with two dozen destructive, sophomoric, unintelligent kids and a few caricatured adults. With enough drama-queen antics to fill a week's lineup on Lifetime, "The We and the I" is the worst movie so far in 2013 that wasn't actually trying to be.