Imagine Me & You

Romantic Comedy, 1 hr 30 min

Log line: There goes the bride.

 

quintessentially British and quirky in an effortlessly adorable way…

Imagine Me & You is a lesbian romcom, yes I repeat, a lesbian ROMCOM. Let’s face it, romcoms between heterosexual love interests are almost a worn out, tired genre with often predictable results and forgettable characters. A lesbian romcom however, is few and far between. Particularly at the time of release (2006), and set in the UK, this film no doubt broke barriers and brought light-hearted representation to a much-starved LBQ audience. Like a lesbian version of Notting Hill, Imagine Me & You is an iconic romcom that is quintessentially British and quirky in an effortlessly adorable way.

Writer/director Ol Parker, who also wrote for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), clearly has a knack for writing exuberant, comedic, and heart-warming stories, as Imagine Me & You demonstrates. This is a tale of “love at first sight”, of a glance being a gateway into someone’s soul, and of love being an unstoppable force for which you must dare to take the plunge. Rachel steals one such inimitable glance as she is walking down the aisle to be wed to her best friend Heck–and the glance is met by Luce, her florist/soulmate. I know what you’re thinking… “Holy Heck!” – or something to that degree…that is to say, one could not have worse timing for finding the love of your life. Thus ensue the inevitable moral dilemmas, inner torment, confusion about sexuality, and self-guilt. However, all these are addressed with wit, humour, and a light-heartedness that feels like a breath of fresh air when compared to the often sombre tones of LGBTQ+ films.

Without giving too much away, this forgiving, “follow-your-heart”, and “fight-for-what-is-right” theme runs all the way through the film, and that to me is what makes it stand out. All its characters achieve that incredibly difficult balance of being flawed, yet relatable, and loveable in their own way. Even the so-called “antagonist”, which would be the husband, Heck, has his own charm and valour. He is not painted as a “twat”, which would have been the easier thing to do. Every character has his or her time in the limelight so that everyone from the pathetic dad (played by Anthony Head, whom many will know as “Giles” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to Cooper who is the ‘deeply shallow man’ aka the best man at the wedding, to even the stereotypical annoying child, somehow manages to win the audience over. That is a testament to the writing and the acting, which altogether makes for an enjoyable watch indeed. Having grown up in London (UK) myself, I can see a clear love of London pouring out from the pages and onto the screen in the beautiful scenic shots. The dialogue being awash with Britishisms, stopping off at McDs “to pee”, and the use of black taxis as well as a traffic jam – which you’ll come to appreciate by the end of the film.

To cap it off, I shall leave you with this: although this film may supply viewers with circumstances in the plot that can be described as ‘a sweet shit in a bucket’, what then unfolds is ‘amazing, wonderful, uniquely fantastic’ and it proves that “sure” is ‘for those who don’t love enough’. These are the reasons that this film has stood the test of time and is loved, and rightly so, by many, and over many years. This film would never meet an immovable object, for it is in itself an unstoppable force.

 

This article was written by:

Ping

Reviewer & Writer

She/Her

Ping believes in the power of love and kindness, and that "love is love" no matter what shape or form it comes in. She would like to see positive representation for all walks of life in film and media.