All the Real GirlsAugust 1, 2003
Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 7.0/10 (6,741 voted)
Critic's Score: 71/100
David Gordon Green
Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson
In a small Southern American town, Paul, who is known for having sexual relations with every girl in town, falls in love with his best friend's younger sister who is a virgin. Paul must try to prove to everyone that this time he is in love rather than in lust.
Writers: David Gordon Green, Paul Schneider
(as Ben Mouton)
James Marshall Case
Maya Ling Pruitt
Girl on the porch
Love is a puzzle. These are the pieces.
Official website [United States] |
Release Date: 1 August 2003
Filming Locations: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $46,791
(16 February 2003)
(6 July 2003)
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What are you doin'?
I'm looking at that bucket… thinking… why haven't you kissed me?
'Cause… I'm afraid… I'm afraid that… when Tip asks me if I have kissed you I have to say "yes".
First Love: Appalachia or Gotham, the Pain's the Same
Low budget and low tech, director David Gordon Green's "All the Real Girls"
first struck viewer nerves at Sundance and it will do so
Set in Appalachia with shots of the beautiful mountains juxtaposed with a
town that never knew prosperity and is left behind in today's North Carolina
where the Research Triangle is where it's at, this is a truly affecting and
universal story of first love. It's told honestly, without either
director's affectation or cast overacting. The story has
Zooey Deschanel plays, outstandingly, a girl, "Noel," returned from
boarding school where she's been since age twelve. She plays the trombone
and doesn't want to go to college. She's never had a real job and seems not
to have acquired much if any ambition or sophistication while away from
home. She's a virgin and it's clear that hardly any of her contemporaries
who didn't leave town are even remotely chaste. In fact, the suggestion is
that most sleep with virtually all the young guys. Including two, "Paul,"
played by Paul Schneider and his best friend "Tip," portrayed with a
brooding intensity by Shea Wigham. Tip is also Noel's brother and
protective of her he is. So when his formerly carefree gangbanging bud,
Paul, falls head over heels for Noel and she reciprocates he has
The story is universal: the joy and pain of a serious first love, the
pitfalls of communication, the unawareness of how words told and events
improvidently related can be like mines going off. The simple but
inevitable price exacted by inexperience and not just sexual.
There is a quiet and achingly familiar reality to Noel's and Paul's
relationship. Anyone honest will recognize himself or herself from some
early life. Anyone who genuinely doesn't has missed some pain but at a
price. Director Green unflinchingly unravels the mysteries of growing
wiser, a necessary but in some ways sad departure from
Without drugs or crime or a social commentary on the moribund economy of a
gorgeous region, the film focuses on the two young people and their families
and friends. They are recognizable, worthy of caring about.
When Paul, trying to understand Noel's not wholly consistent emotions and
actions, blurts out that he's not that smart, a number of people in the
audience chortled and several yelled out "No, you're not." They didn't
understand that his comment wasn't self-denigratory but a nakedly honest
confession of confusion and fear of loss. Haven't we all experienced