Directed By: Jane Weinstock
Written By: Jane Weinstock
Produced By: Gloria Norris
Cast: Marguerite Moreau, Brian O'Byrne, Naveen Andrews, Emily Deschanel
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 99 minutes
Review Date: August 10, 2010
You know a movie’s concept is spot-on when the film feels like a documentary. While Easy tends to take these concepts to an extreme (the suicide scene comes to mind), overall the film is relatable, enhancing the movie watching experience. We’ve all fallen for the wrong people (or at the wrong time), dealt with liars, had life throw disappointments at us while we try to overcome everyday obstacles.
Jamie (Marguerite Moreau) is a gal who just continues to find herself in bad relationships. After yet another beau, John (Naveen Andrews), breaks her heart, she takes a vow of celibacy. As Jamie’s mother died at an early age, Jamie seek the maternal advice from her sister, Laura (Emily Deschanel). Jamie and Laura work as a sister unit as they say what’s on their minds with brutal, yet loving, honesty. These two were a favorite to watch throughout the film.
Seeing as Laura assumes a motherly role for Jamie, she comes off overbearing at times. She’s the one who knows the best path for Jamie (even if Jamie doesn’t), which leads her to withhold information and/or lie to Jamie. Seeing as I’ve never had an older sister, I’m not sure if this is code for this sibling role. Also, if I ever found an ex in bed with any relation of mine, you can best be assured I wouldn’t act in the same manner as Jamie.
The only qualm I have about the film was the suicide scene and eventual outcome of the situation. Jamie’s and Laura’s mother committed suicide, leaving Jamie with a pull (or perhaps push) to the topic. This lands her in the throes of one woman’s suicide attempt on a roof. The scene has a lot of potential to be poignant and moving, but its conclusion diminishes these possibilities.
Jamie’s work through her celibacy is quite humorous. From the countdown calendar to the way she shares her vow with just about anyway. Unlike Josh Hartnett in 40 Days and 40 Nights; Jamie rarely has any urges. Her exploration of herself and relationships without sex is an interesting take. She focuses on work, friends, family, and most importantly, herself. It’s not a vow of celibacy but a vow of becoming comfortable with herself.
The central conflict of the film involves Mick (Brian O’Byrne) and Jamie. From early on, Mick’s attraction for Jamie is apparent, but as she grapples with her celibacy vow, she’s not quite sure if anything more than a friendship can happen. It’s a situation most can resonate with: after beginning a friendship with someone of the opposite sex, you find yourself contemplating and analyzing the situation to see if there’s any more chemistry (or maybe that’s just us girls…). Naturally, external problems occur within their relationship driving them apart. But these issues are real dilemmas, making the viewer more invested in the Mick and Jamie relationship.
The film touches on various topics from pregnancy, adultery, homosexuality, suicide, betrayal, and of course, turtle intercourse, all of which the main character Jamie comes face-to-face with. While the film’s plot line is simple — a girl trying to navigate the world — by including these heavy and common subjects, the film feels a bit more real, making it hard for you to hate on it seeing as we’ve all been (or still are) Jamie.
Life is messy, confusing, awkward, hilarious and mundane. But sometimes it’s easy and sometimes, that’s just what we need.
Hanna Soltys is a green tea drinker and film critic living in Chicago.