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      Choose Me

      R 1984 1 hr. 46 min. Romance List
      94% 18 Reviews Tomatometer 73% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Three previously unconnected lives unexpectedly intertwine in this romantic drama. Mickey (Keith Carradine) is a charming storyteller and ladies' man who becomes involved with Nancy (Geneviève Bujold), a radio personality known on the air as "Dr. Love," who confidently dispenses relationship advice, yet has a disastrous love life of her own. Also crossing their paths is Eve (Lesley Ann Warren), an ex-call girl who operates her own bar and hops restlessly from lover to lover. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Off-beat (like many independent movies) but good, different, original, effectively atmospheric. (Blobbo like.) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Choose Me is an offbeat film about longing. Eve (Lesley Ann Warren) runs a bar that tends to be a hangout for the desperate. Eve is a woman who sleeps around quite a bit. Nancy (Geneviève Bujold) is a talk radio host who is always looking to learn more about love and sex. Mickey (Keith Caradine) is a pathological liar who often asks women to marry him. Rae Dawn Chong plays a young woman who's husband often cheats and hits her. The messy lives of these characters intersect and makes for an interesting story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderful funny, quirky movie with a sensational soundtrack. Reeks of the 80s, which works in this case. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Director Alan Rudolph was a protégé of Robert Altman (working as AD on Nashville, for example) and Choose Me offers a similar sort of unpredictable (almost plotless) experience as Altman once offered up. But the characters that Rudolph gives us here (a talk radio relationship therapist, a promiscuous bar owner, an escaped mental patient and/or former spy, among others) seem somewhat phony - people don't really talk the way that they are scripted here, all psychobabble with hearts on sleeves. Moreover, it is hard to really grasp any of the points that Rudolph may be wanting to make about love or sex or relationships (just what are all those prostitutes doing hanging around anyway?). I think I get it that the radio therapist (Genevieve Bujold) has difficulties with relationships herself but is "cured" to some degree by sex with romantic Keith Carradine (possibly mad) who nevertheless ends up with Lesley Anne Warren, the bar owner who can't say no to men but hates herself for it. I didn't get a sense that these were real people or that there are any real people like this. Still, the fact that the film doesn't telegraph where it is going keeps it watchable. Thinking about it like a stage play (especially as all the characters' paths intersect) probably makes the most sense. But it does have its merits as cinema as well with an astonishing EIGHTIES feel, some good cinematography and set design (including pink neon lighting everywhere) and a smooth Teddy Pendergrass soundtrack. But it is more than a little freaky just to think that these hair and clothing styles were normal at one point - now they seem as artificial as the rest of the film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member This was something I was VERY pleased to grab on cable for a revisit for the first time since I saw it in my adolescence, and a film that I recalled really liking, as it told stories about people that seemed worldly and foreign to me at the time. I'm pleased to say that it holds up well and made me want to pursue more movies from this same director, just to see what else his work is like. Rental! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member cinegeek.de Our Daily Free Stream: Alan Rudolph - Choose Me. Alan Rudolphs Choose Me hat viele Qualitäten, vor allem ists aber ein gewagter, ein faszinierender Film! Ich denke, das ist auch beabsichtigt! Es gibt Filme, die uns in die Spannung versetzen oder Rätsel aufgeben, dieser hier ist vor allem faszinierend! Kaum einen Moment, in dem ich wusste, was als nächstes geschehen könnte! Alles wirkt ganz spontan in Rudolphs Inszenierung! Zu Beginn sprechen zwei Fremde miteinander. Eine von ihnen moderiert eine Radiosendung. Ihr Name: Dr. Love. Eine andere, die sie während dieser Show anruft, heisst Eve. Eve besitzt eine Bar. Eines Abends spaziert Mickey in Eves Bar. Er ist mental auffällig und hat eine mysteriöse Vergangenheit mit Verbindungen zum CIA und den Russen. Einige Tage später lernen sich Dr. Love und Eve im "echten" Leben kennen - wobei keine von beiden weiss, dass sie bereits für die Show miteinander telefoniert haben. Das alles hört sich recht simpel an - ist es aber nicht! Stattdessen wird alles immer verwickelter, immer obskurer... Offensichtlich liebt Rudolph den Film Noir der 40er. Filme, die an dunklen Strassenecken in verregneten Nächten spielen. Wir haben die Bilder vor Augen: Dirnen unter flackernden Strassenlaternen und Zuhälter in hochgeschlagenen Mänteln. Natürlich rauchen alle immer und unaufhörlich. Choose Me handelt von einsamen Menschen, die sich nachts in Bars und einsamen Hotelzimmern aufhalten. Es sind gewitzte, komplizierte Menschen, für die Romantik nur ein Mittel zum Zweck ist, an ihr Ziel zu kommen. Die Darsteller sind der Schlüssel zu Choose Me. Am besten: Genevive Bujold als Dr. Love. Interessant, solange sie losgelöst im Radio wirkt. Als Liebe sie aber in der Wirklichkeit draussen trifft, ist sie so unbeholfen und schüchtern, dass wir sie sofort in unser Herz schliessen! Keith Carradine spielt den Typen mit der dunklen Vergangenheit. Nie wissen wir, wie ernst wir ihn nehmen dürfen und das ist Absicht seines Spiels. Eve, die früher Nutte war und nun Barbesitzerin, wird von Lesley Ann Warren verkörpert. Für sie stellt es einen Schutz dar, jede Nacht mit einem anderen Mann zu verbringen. Einfach, um nicht auf ewig an denselben gebunden zu sein! All diese Charaktere interagieren, ohne jemals vertraute Pfade zu betreten. Es wirkt so, als ob Rudolph eine Geschichte, die vermutlich auch so geschehen könnte, erzählt. Am Ende die grosse Überraschung: Die menschliche Natur offenbahrt sich! Natürlich sind wir keinen Schritt weiter. Wir haben Rudolphs Figuren kennengelernt; ihre Einsamkeit und ihren benebelten Optimismus (so wie er wohl nur in Bars vorkommt!). Immerhin: Ein kleines Stück sind wir ihnen gefolgt durch die Dunkelheit der Nacht. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker Pleasantly bananas. Sep 13, 2023 Full Review Paul Attanasio Washington Post ... a movie of manners leavened with sophisticated farce, locates the confused, searching quality of contemporary sexual attitudes as well as any this year. Jan 3, 2018 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times There is hardly a moment in the whole film when I knew for sure what was going to happen next, yet I didn't feel manipulated; I felt as if the movie were giving itself the freedom to be completely spontaneous. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com It's really a unique vehicle for Bujold and Warren as two women on the opposite sides of a 'love' problem. Rated: 4/5 Oct 10, 2019 Full Review Susan Shapiro Sojourner With the exception of a woman who excuses the black eye her husband gives her ("at least he cared enough to do it"), I actually liked this odd little film which seemed more off-Broadway than Hollywood. Aug 21, 2019 Full Review Pat Padua Spectrum Culture A distinct, self-contained dream world, a vivid alchemy of music, picture, and humanity. Aug 31, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Three previously unconnected lives unexpectedly intertwine in this romantic drama. Mickey (Keith Carradine) is a charming storyteller and ladies' man who becomes involved with Nancy (Geneviève Bujold), a radio personality known on the air as "Dr. Love," who confidently dispenses relationship advice, yet has a disastrous love life of her own. Also crossing their paths is Eve (Lesley Ann Warren), an ex-call girl who operates her own bar and hops restlessly from lover to lover.
      Director
      Alan Rudolph
      Executive Producer
      Chris Blackwell, Shep Gordon
      Screenwriter
      Alan Rudolph
      Production Co
      Tartan Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 28, 2018