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flick pick | I'll Take You There 1999
Directed + written by: Adrienne Shelly
Starring: Ally Sheedy, Reg Rogers, Lara Harris, John Pyper-Ferguson, Alice Drummond
Language: English
Look for it at the video store under: comedy, drama

Watch it when you’re in the mood for something: darkly comic, lovey, whimsical
The critic says: / 5 the rating system explained
Fun factor: ½/5

Plot synopsis Once, not so long ago, Bill had the perfect life. A job as a real-estate agent that he was good at and that he liked, a nice apartment, a drop-dead gorgeous wife named Rose who adored him as much as he adored her. Everything was peachy – until the day he came home to find his wife’s closet empty, and Rose on the phone, informing him that she’d left him for his good buddy Ray. Now Bill’s a mess, living all alone in a pig-sty, and screwing up big-time at work. One day, his sister shows up at his door with a self-help book and a good kick-in-the-pants. She gives Bill a pep talk, gets him cleaned up, then informs him that she’s set him up on a blind date with her good pal Bernice. Bill reluctantly meets up with Bernice at a bar, looking morose and acting sullen as he listens to her blather on and on about her life. Bernice is peppy, enthusiastic, and unfailingly optimistic – the complete antithesis of Bill in his current state. Which is why he can’t resist, finally, from cutting her down. The date ends with Bernice shocked and crushed; Bill goes home, too full of self-pity to feel any guilt over the terrible way he’s behaved. A few days later and Bill comes to the momentous decision that he’ll go to his estranged wife, and plead with her in person to come home. He’s all set to make a small trip out to the countryside – Rose and Ray have shacked up in a little cottage that Ray had actually found through Bill – when he runs into Bernice. Disheveled and disgruntled, Bernice is acting like she’s quite possibly crazy, and most definitely pissed off at Bill. So when she demands that he drive her to visit her ailing grandmother en route to seeing Rose, Bill finds himself unable to say no. Which is how Bill and Bernice find themselves sharing a big purple car on a strange little road trip.

Review Maybe I shouldn’t tell you too much about this movie. Because, see, part of the reason I liked it so much was that it really took me by surprise. My boy had picked it off the shelf one night at the video store, on one of those frustrating evenings when it feels like every single good movie at the store is something you’ve already seen, and nothing else looks terribly enticing. I’ll Take You There seemed like the sort of innocuous, not too grossly sappy, indie comedy that would let us kick up our feet, relax after a long day of work, and happily veg out, without being so bored that we’d fall asleep. So with no expectations beyond the hope that Ally Sheedy had improved her acting skills since her Short Circuit years, I hadn’t planned to actually like this movie; I think I would have been content as long as I hadn’t hated it. Which is why it was especially nice to find myself rather charmed by writer-director Adrienne Shelley’s unconventional, offbeat, darkly funny little romantic comedy. I’ll Take You There isn’t a Great Film – it’s not likely to change anyone’s life – but it’s a much, much more interesting movie than you’d expect from reading the little blurb on the back of the video box. And here’s the big surprise: it’s largely because of, not in spite of, Ally Sheedy. Sheedy’s Bernice starts off as a dippy nouveau-hippie-type chick, complete with a ridiculous smile and even more ridiculous hair, and turns into a borderline psycho, raving kook. She’s so utterly convincing – and not a small amount freaky – as someone who’s come completely unhinged that you don’t quite realize that you’ve kind of started to like her until you find yourself thinking Bill’s a schmuck for mooning over Rose when Bernice is sitting right there, looking oddly beautiful despite the terrible and inexplicable prom dress she’s wearing. Like Bernice herself, I’ll Take You There is one of those oddball hidden gems whose appeal slowly sneaks up on you. —reviewed by Yee-Fan Sun

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