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Everything Before Us (2015)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 3 June 2015 (USA)
The Department of Emotional Integrity (DEI) documents all relationship activity. A 'relationship score' is given to keep people accountable for their choices. The score is public for all to... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Ben
... Sara
... Seth
... Haley
... Randall
... Jay
... Henry
... Anna
... Sandy
... Tiff
... Paul
... Eric
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaime Ballesteros ... Opening Montage Couple
... Meg
Katie Borria ... Opening Montage Couple
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The Department of Emotional Integrity (DEI) documents all relationship activity. A 'relationship score' is given to keep people accountable for their choices. The score is public for all to see, and affects various aspects of daily life. Two couples, teenagers and early 30s, face different but intersecting challenges in their relationships within the rules of the DEI.

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Wesley Chan and Philip Wang of Wong Fu Productions make a cameo in the movie. Wes is seen sitting at a desk (time stamp 1:19:36) as Haley is studying then talking over the phone with Seth. Phil is seen walking into the DEI in front of Seth (time stamp 1:21:40). Chris Dinh, one of the producers, makes a voice cameo at the beginning of the film as an automated recording of a DEI representative (time stamp 4:24). See more »

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Ben: You used to get to calling these "The Ben".
Sara: [Not expecting Ben to bring up the past] Yeeeeeah, I'll think about it.
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Wong Fu's extended short
15 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I have been a big supporter of Wong Fu Productions and to be able to witness their growth from the Youtube medium to film is inspiring. They have mentioned in their Q&A that they had intended for this film to be viewed from home on a computer, so I tried to be as lenient as possible when each scene seemed to be a short of their own. Despite this precondition, Wong Fu only proves that they have fallen prey to their Youtube success of milking empty moments, cheap pauses and vague dialogue.

I enjoyed the immediate parallels of emotions and intentions of each individual, and the classic sense of humor found in their Youtube shorts. Wong Fu still has a lot to learn on creating stories built on substantive context, because good stories provide context. I was left so many questions about how the DEI score determined, what kind of institution it is (DEI appears to be a bank, but is ultimately unidentifiable throughout the movie) and backgrounds of the characters and why they ended up making the decisions they did. I cringed when they started the movie the same way they started their trailer.

I'm not a professional critic, but I've laid out my concerns in hopes to see more of Wong Fu and Asian Americans in films. There just isn't much point to spending two hours with the optional Youtube star cameo without a good story. I will go out to say that lazy writing is the sole detriment to this film, if I had to choose.


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