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Julie and Jack

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USA  •    •  90m  •    •  Directed by: James Nguyen.  •  Starring: Jenn Gotzon, Tippi Hedren, Justin Kunkle, Patsy van Ettinger, James Nguyen, Will Springhorn, Damien Carter, Rick Camp, Terese Aiello, Ilea Matthews, Rahul Gupta, Lee Boren, Chelsea Hope.  •  Music by: Tim Gorman.
      Jack Livingston is looking for true love. He is a successful computer chip salesman for STELLAchip Corporation in high-tech Silicon Valley. With a suggestion from his best friend, Mark Stevens, he reluctantly subscribes to an Internet dating service, CupidMatchmaker.net where he meets Julie Romanov, a beautiful genius computer software developer. Jack falls madly in love with Julie. Julie and Jack begin an intense and passionate affair. With Julie, Jack has found his soulmate. And love is forever. But this seemingly perfect love is more than he had visioned.

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It's not an actual ten I'm giving this movie. It's horribly made on any objective measure but it's just so good at being bad that you HAVE to admire it.

This is James Nguyen's first movie and man does this depict the raw promise of incompetence that we'd later see with Birdemic and Birdemic II. Not only are we treated with horrible cinematography that defines Nguyen's flicks with static cameras that don't understand even the basic concepts like the rule of thirds or the fourth wall, but we're given even worse dialogue and non-existent special effects (well, that's a positive considering the badly done gif birds in his magnum opus.

I'm a lover of all movies and I've helped out with student films when I was in college and I have the utmost respect for anyone who can start and finish a film that's able to get distributed. I've also seen a lot of competently made films that just have no spark and are just boring; I'm looking at you rom coms and Adam Sandler flicks. Nguyen, whether he knows it or not, has a flair for making something as terribly made as a high school drama production shine on the screen with its charming incompetence. I can't help but laugh every time we see the main character try to form sentences with his buddy Mark who he only talks to after he's had sex.

Well, I've gushed enough and should probably get to the meat and potatoes of the review: The story itself deals with our hero Jack (Justin Kunkle) who is a computer chip selling schlub on the brink of being fired. In the midst of his problems he finds solace in a woman he begins dating online in a weird cyber-space virtual simulator. What transpires is a rom-com version of the Matrix but without the mind-bending action and captivating story. Oh no, it's filled with absolutely charming amateurishness: sets that are obviously someone's apartment, cameras that don't move and don't shoot at any angles, dialogue said without emotion, bad screen writing, stock options, office jargon, over-acting, under- acting, chip sales, talks of big money, and of course one graphic that includes a gif of the death star.

If you're into bad movies that're so bad they're good then pursue with zeal anything Nguyen makes. Oh, and also, yes the dialogue is wretched but I'll at least hand it to James that he was born in Da Nang and didn't leave Vietnam until he was 9 or 10 shortly before the Fall of Saigon so I'd give him a break his English. Honestly I'd like to 'get cup coffee with him.'.


Review by eflaat from the Internet Movie Database.