Max Landis Makes His Directorial Debut with the Middling ‘Me Him Her’

GameStop, Inc.

me-him-her-001

Max Landis is a controversial figure in the world of modern moviemaking. His tendency to be outspoken on social media about topics like Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t win him many new fans. As much as it seem that Landis relishes in courting controversy on social media, his work on the silver screen is incapable of eliciting more than a shrug. Making his directorial debut, Landis stretches a paper-thin concept a far as possible with Me Him Her, a stunningly unfunny comedy that handles its relationships with a tragically juvenile sense of humor. Me Him Her falls into the same traps that befall the many independent directorial debuts – taking too long to the get to the obvious conclusion with little style or substance to mitigate the boredom along the way.

Me Him Her opens with Cory (Dustin Milligan) sitting on the toilet in Florida when he receives a call from his best friend Brendan (Luke Bracey), an up-and-coming actor who is calling to come out of the closet. Brendan flies Cory out to Los Angeles to provide “emotional damage control” as the actor faces decisions about coming out to his parents and the public. Not far, Gabbi (Emily Meade), a young lesbian, is breaking up with her longtime girlfriend Heather (Angela Sarafyan), a cruel and manipulative woman. Later that night, Gabbi goes to the local gay bar to drown her sorrows as Cory encourages Brendan to meet a crush at the same bar. Cory and Gabbi hit off and before long are running off, leaving Brendan alone where he’ll later be discovered by the paparazzi. The events of that night drive Gabbi and Brendan into a crisis of their sexuality, with Gabbi falling for the straight guy Cory while Brendan faces the push and pull of wanting to come out but being told it isn’t good for his emerging career.

The issues of sexual identity drive the characters into farcical situations where Cory has to pretend to be gay at a pride parade in order to take the attention away from Brendan, whose sexual preference is becoming a topic of conversation in the tabloid rags. This leads to a lunch with Brendan’s parents (played by Geena Davis and Scott Bakula) where they question Cory’s sexuality, with Bakula saying, “No man has a best friend.” It all comes across as woefully outdated, like this would’ve been a slightly more progressive comedy than Chasing Amy had it come out in 1998. That also extend to its portrayal of the lesbian community, with Gabbi temporarily staying with a lesbian couple (played by Alia Shawkat and Rebecca Drysdale) covered in flannel. Later in the film, Cory remarks that he couldn’t tell if Gabbi’s flannel is her “lesbian Power Rangers uniform.” That’s the extent of the wit on display here.

It’s shame to see some talented people playing such lifeless, underwritten characters. Dustin Milligan has proven himself a solid comedic actor through brief roles in Extract and Silicon Valley, yet his Cory is just a kind of generic smartass who learns the errors of his way. The same indignity is extended to Emily Meade, who exudes plenty of charm but has a character lacking in characteristics. These two characters exchange poorly paced conversations about fairly inconsequential things that always end as predicted. Maybe Landis knows just how thin the material is by concluding the film with a swordfight between Cory and Heather, the crazed ex-girlfriend applied to a lesbian relationship.

Between Me Him Her and American Ultra, it has become obvious that Max Landis has something to say about relationships. The only problem is he hasn’t figured out what he wants to say or how he wants to say it.  For a film about Los Angeles, Me Him Her feels like a movie that’s stuck in traffic, taking far too long to get to a familiar destination. Pop culture references and cameos, like Chris Hardwick and Haley Joel Osment, don’t add up as jokes, and the humor on display is here is toothless and tired. Perhaps Max Landis will find his voice and become a truly interesting filmmaker. But that’ll have to wait for another day because Me Him Her is the movie of a voice I don’t really want to hear much more from.

Anytime Costumes

Leave a Reply

FanboyNation
Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Disney’s ‘Young Woman and the Sea’ is a Triumph of Will – Review

Disney’s ‘Young Woman and the Sea‘ is a Triumph of Will...

‘Skywalkers’ Takes Love to New Heights on Netflix – Spoiler Free Review

‘Skywalkers: A Love Story‘ Takes Love to New Heights while Scaling...

‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three’ – Leaves us Wanting More! – Spoiler Free Review

‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Three‘ is a...

Event News Event Reviews
‘Sweat’ Heats Things Up at the Long Beach Playhouse – Review

‘Sweat‘ delivers a powerful theatrical experience that resonates long after the...

The ‘California Dreams’ Band Reunite on The Sunset Strip For a Night of 90s Nostalgia – Concert Review

Don’t Wake Me Up if I’m Dreaming, The ‘California Dreams‘ Band...

Jay Anthony Franke Talks California Dreams Reunion Concert in LA – Interview

Jay Anthony Franke Talks About The ‘California Dreams‘ Reunion Concert in...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Derek Gumin Talks Planet 13 and UFC 303 Meet and Greets – Interview

Director of Wholesale Accounts at Planet 13, Derek Gumin spoke about...

Oscar De La Hoya Partners with El Rey for ‘Friday Night Fights’ – Interview

The Golden Boy himself chatted with us about Golden Boy Promotions...

Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse – Blood on the Cactus, nearing the end of the 3rd act.

What IS that big dust cloud on the horizon?

Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse – Blood on the Cactus, Endgame

Mhuhahahahahahahah!

Fantoy Comics Presents: A 4th of July Message!

Seriously, America, THIS crap?!?!?

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs & Sketches’ – Interview

Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs &...

Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus
MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Michael Hirsh Made Gen X Citizens Via his ‘Animation Nation’ – Interview

Legendary Animator, Michael Hirsh goes from Immigrant to Emperor in his...

Billy Eddy Talks His new Book ‘Our New World of Adult Bullies’ – Interview

Lawyer, Mediator and Personality Expert Bill Eddy Provides a Six-Step Strategy...

Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...