We Married Margo (2000)
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The review: I ditto the previous reviewers who raved about this movie. I ran across this film on TV a few weeks ago (I found this site while searching for the DVD to buy, as a matter of fact). I only tuned in because the guide description was more interesting than anything else showing at the time, but I really didn't expect anything too memorable from a 7 year old film that I've never heard of (indy or otherwise), starring no one I've ever heard of. Two hours later I was sad that it ended! Seriously. I thought "Bummer. I want to watch these guys a little longer." I was feeling crabby when the movie began, but that was completely forgotten by the time it ended. I've told anyone who will listen that this is one of the most charming, intelligent, laugh-out-loud-funny movies I've seen in ages. It's a buddy film that's undeniably appealing to the chick-flick crowd too. The chemistry and camaraderie between the two main characters (or maybe more accurately, the real-life friends who play them) is genuine and palpable. You'll be treated to a number of clever celebrity cameos, but mostly you should just expect to be hopelessly drawn to a couple of guys you've never seen or heard of before. The fact that Shapiro and Dozier are the same guys who wrote/lived the story undoubtedly contributes to the movie's charm, but who cares why it works...it just works!
Here's the minor spoiler: Watch for the constantly rearranging living room furniture. It was a little background quirk that cracked me up.
The movie begins with Jake in a number of different locations telling the story to different groups of people (many of which never speak, but they appear in the credits anyway--a nice touch), and sometimes just to the audience watching the movie. Rock later joins him. With rapid-fire editing between locations, this movie appears designed for those with short attention spans. Frequent flashbacks show not only the lives Jake and Rock are describing, but also what happened before either one met Margo.
Inserted between scenes are the white-on-black words of great philosophers. In the style of a documentary, we also hear from many of Margo's other ex-spouses. I say spouses because some are female. One ex is a little boy who says he benefited from knowing Margo because he no longer wets the bed. Another ex is a grown man who benefited from knowing Margo because ... he no longer wets the bed. And Kevin Bacon even makes a cameo to show that all successful people in history are somehow connected to Margo--'six degrees of separation'.
One of the funniest things about the movie--and there is a lot to laugh at here--is the way Margo talks. We mostly hear her on the telephone, but even when we see her she sounds like a tape being fast-forwarded. And we don't see her entire face so that we won't notice her lips don't match what she's saying.
The writers of this movie must have enjoyed 'Peanuts'. In one scene Jake is dancing, with the video speeded up, to music that sounds a lot like Vince Guaraldi's. As a boy, Jake gave psychiatric advice at what looks like a lemonade stand. We see an animated version of Lucy pulling away the football from Charlie Brown, but they don't look much like themselves. And wait until you see Rock's Christmas tree.
This movie is definitely not for kids. There are some offensive gags, some of which TV censors would be unlikely to allow in prime-time, although the gags are not that explicit.
For me, this movie was enjoyable at times but exhausting. It would likely appeal to the 'Dumb and Dumber' audience because of the lead characters, but it actually requires you to use your brain. It seems like an art film, except for the fact the guys aren't exactly the coffee house type.
I would say this was well-done, well-written, and well-acted.
This film has a great feel to it. It is quick paced as the two guys (Jake and Rock) tell the story of how they lived together after their common ex-wife Margo dumped them both-- and half of the men and women in America.
Look for all of the guest appearances. I hope they'll release it on video/DVD soon. See it. You'll crack up. Trust me. 4.9/5
After you've seen it a few times (usually on IFC), you stay until the very last scene (after the credits all roll) and wish you had the soundtrack for it.
Even though JD Shapiro reminds me of a young Bob from Becker, and Rock looks like the California beach boy, the story is fresh and the back and forth stuff works well.
One scene I loved which was kind of a throw away scene is when Jake is laying on the grass feeling lonely and the ducks go by and he's looking at them like, "Not you too." It was just a quick, passing scene that I liked a lot. I also liked the Christmas scene when they visit Rocks, him, the dog and the tree. I thought that funny.
Kevin Bacon does the six degrees of Margeaux and also adds a lot of great stuff to the soundtrack.
The voice of Margo is terrific (esp her laugh)...just a lot of fun, clever stuff. I really like this movie.
Very cool, funny, quirky movie. I wish it was on DVD and I wish I had the soundtrack!!!!!
But hey, don't take my word for it, check it out yourself
I honestly think this will become one of your favorite all time movies!
The story is so unique - a breath of fresh air after all the formulaic predictable movies out there. The acting is great and the cameo appearances are fun. The six degrees of Kevin Bacon reference is hysterical.
I found myself laughing out loud so many times - something that is really unusual for me. But the best part is that the movie really has a lot of heart. After seeing it, I had to find it so I could watch it again and again ... I was so excited to find out that it is on Amazon!
basically it's my favorite movie, and i haven't ever even watched it, so that should seriously say something about how awesome it is.
ugh.. i want it so bad!
It's one of those films I'd like to have in my DVD collection--easy & amusing through many viewings.
It never fails to lift my spirits.
That was the end of my review--short & sweet, but I see that I must write more in order to have my review included here, so:
The two stars (and writers) are wonderful. The celebrity cameos are fun & surprising. Fat Boy the dog is one of my favorite canine performers. Surely there's an award for him somewhere.
Unfortunately, this delightful film is not available on DVD. How is that possible? Surely there must be a cult following (even if small) for We Married Margo.
I immediately went to buy the movie on Amazon... and could not. How is it that no one is distributing this? Why don't they just distribute it online even? If people can make money distributing films starring Mario Van Peebles, I can't imagine how this could be a net loss. I really hope someone picks this up, as it is one of the only movies I would actually pay a full 20 dollars to purchase a DVD for.
This movie (I am hesitant to call it a movie) was release in 2000. However, it appears to have been filmed in 1980. I'm not talking about the sets, I am talking about the grainy texture of the film.
This movie appears to be an independent film and it shows, but not in a good way. The script is horrible and the acting is even worse. The overuse of catch phrases reminds me of a poorly written comic book.
I should be awarded a badge for having suffered through this hardship.
Here is a free hint to the Director: Speaking directly to the camera went out of fashion with Saved By The Bell.
The cameos actually took away from the film a little bit for me. They were fun, but they took me out of the moment. They were too "clever" for the rest of the film. I was more interested in the strange circumstances that caused these guys to first become acquaintances, then reluctant roommates, and eventually, friends. So the cameos were a little distracting. (I have to admit, though, that the Kevin Bacon cameo alluding to "6 degrees" was really funny).
Overall, I enjoyed the 90 minutes or so of this experience. In other words, I was entertained, and that's all that really matters, right?
This is on the I.F.C. channel all the time. I liked this movie a lot. The flashbacks and comments about the flashbacks are great. Almost like you are have a real conversation. With these people and they are going back and forth. About things that happened to them. This thing says I have to have 10 lines.