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Google Me (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 April 2008 (USA)
Google Me is a movie starring Jim Killeen, and Jeannie Roshar. Jim Killeen googled his own name and made a documentary about the men with whom he shares it.
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Jim Killeen ... Himself
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"It all started when I Googled my name" said Killeen of his movie. And who in today's day and age hasn't engaged in just such an activity in a moment of idle "webbing." The difference here that the filmmaker actually followed up on his findings by not only contacting his namesakes but also traveling to whatever remote location called for to meet and interview the subjects of his search, even discovering (and verifying through genetic testing) a long-lost cousin. Jim Killeen the filmmaker in Los Angeles found, among others, Jim Killeen the priest in Cobh, Ireland, Jim Killeen the retired cop in New York, Jim Killeen the CEO in Melbourne, Australia and Jim Killeen the sexual swinger in Denver. "Google Me" has not only been given the search engine's blessing, but even features Google's VP of Engineering, Douglas Merrill, in an insightful interview voicing his sentiments on the subject. Whether an effort to defeat the innumerable self-imposed social barriers erected since the advent of ... Written by RK

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"Google Me" has been given the search engine's blessing and even features Google's VP of Engineering, Douglas Merrill, in an insightful and entertaining interview voicing his sentiments on the subject. See more »

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Good idea turned so-so
23 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Being a fan of good documentaries, I jumped at a chance of seeing Google Me, and the idea is sound. The lead character googles himself, and then travels and meets with all the persons that share his name. The main Jim is however not a great persona to front such a search. When you've seen a couple of good, character delving movies (King of Kong, Maradona by Kusturic, Touching the void aso..) this.... lets say fails to live up to the mark.

The Jims visited are diverse and there are a lot of touching points that would be interesting to talk about, but this movie fails "dive in", a traffic-planner in Scottland is rushed past to make fun of haggis, and this is repeated in most cases. Until we get to the last Jim, which is the creator (!) and I don't know in minutes but it feels like the longest and the only one taken seriously. The lasting impression is that the movie and other Jims are an excuse to talk about Jim.

This movie is not for you, it's for Jim.


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