"Meet Bill" is an interesting comedy starring Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba and Elizabeth Banks. The movie focuses on Bill(Eckhart), a passive rose-colored-glass man, that keeps getting stepped on until he meets "The Kid"(Lerman) and frees himself of inhibitions holding his life hostage. The movie has some funny moments, but I've found that there are a lot of decisions that Bill makes within the film that are very real. Life's all about decisions and sometimes the easy ones are the hardest to make. Let's see what Bill does, as we get into the Unhinged Review.
Bill's no-fuss lifestyle has caused everything around him to spiral out of control, from his wife to his career and ultimately his self-esteem. Bill does a wonderful job of playing the "duck in the pond", as people's lives are constantly changing around him. It isn't until he is forced to participate in a mentoring program that he must confront the reality in front of him as "The Kid" effortless points out. The character of "The Kid" is very in-your-face, upfront, confrontational risk taker that doesn't hold back to get what he wants. This character style contrasts against Bill's passive personality which prompts him to take control of his own destiny.
"Meet Bill" is presented in the comedic form, but if you pay attention, you are able to see the "real" subject matter covered throughout the movie. Everything from drugs to infidelity and dishonor to jealousy are sprinkled about the plot in a way that makes this a very realistic film. Adultery is nothing to laugh at, but sometimes that's all one can do, unless you go Bill's route and become a deranged fan. You'll have to see the movie to know what that punchline's all about, but I must say, Melissa Wallack, did an impressive job in the writing of this movie.
There is a tent scene in "Meet Bill" which I would like to zoom in on for a second. I'm going to try to talk about this briefly without telling you too much about it if you haven't seen it yet. During the tent scene, Bill experiences a moment of indecision which is very honest and I'm sure you can identify with at one time or another. The expression on his face before he decides to partake in the festivities exhibits the "I know I shouldn't moment" that haunts us when our conscience begins to chatter. Ultimately, we already know what we are going to do, but we still have that internal monologue that hopefully keeps us straight in life.
After you've seen the film, I would like you to come back to this review and leave a comment so we can discuss it further. All in all, this is a film with sustenance for the mind served in a colorful dish of comedy. Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for movie watchers that like a little reality in their comedy or for anyone needing a push to let go of their sedentary lifestyle.
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