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Em 4 Jay (2008)

 -  Drama  -  April 2008 (USA)
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Romantically entwined heroin addicts Em (Laura Gordon) and Jay (Nick Barkla) may not be at rock bottom... See full synopsis »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chloe Armstrong ...
Bianca
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Shopkeeper
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Jay
David Campbell ...
Mick
Laura Gordon ...
Em
Helle Kristiansen ...
Bar guest
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Dealer (as Jeremy Taylor)
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Steve
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Janey
Jeremy Taylor ...
Jay's dealer
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Romantically entwined heroin addicts Em (Laura Gordon) and Jay (Nick Barkla) may not be at rock bottom... See full synopsis »

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Clumsy attempt at bleak realism, never goes beyond cheap thrills.
17 July 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There's a reasonable argument to say that this film exploits, or profits from merely the dramatisation of quite a serious social problem. And for the director to say he isn't in it for the entertainment made me angry. The film presents no commentary, or shows no examples of either the source of these problems, or their solution. But merely parades the junky sickness in a drug-fuelled circus of robbery and sex.

I thought the art of film was more than a fly on the wall approach, but was supposed to go further - reveal hidden meaning, or make connections between things, or at the very least be grounded in a unique style? I didn't see any of this in Em 4 Jay.

Fair enough not to be interested in middle class stories, and to explore instead a bleak world where everything is a lost cause... But does bleakness rule without question because that's just the way the director wants it? Or is he neglecting an important aspect of all these tragic contemporary tales.. that of positive energy meeting negative. Of the sister being given more than FIVE minutes over a coffee. Sorry, not going to happen in real life. An older sister would not give up that easy.

And it was unrealistic that this girl, who cried so much and felt so nervous around her sister, could dismiss her boyfriend's murder spree with little more than annoyance, but get so worked up when he sold the pills. It took it too far into clumsy fiction - she wasn't that far gone.


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