The Who In Your Heart (Film Thoughts: All About Who You Know)

MV5BMGM0YzUwNzYtODc1Zi00YjdlLTgxNmEtNGEzMjRiYzhiYmUxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjY3OTAzMDI@._V1_SY1000_SX675_AL_Jake Horowitz’s ‘All About Who You Know’ is one of my more interesting ‘discoveries’ this year. It’s a rom-com, but it is  an unlikely one, as it tries to upend all rom com tropes. Cole (Dylan Everett) tries to woo Haley (Niamh Wilson) in the hopes of getting close to her screenwriter father. He concocts this elaborate meet-cute scenario, and he succeeds. But his bff (played by Stephen Joffe) is skeptical, for a number of reasons. It’s a plan that is bound to backfire, and, much more interesting for me is a gay subtext sub story line here – is Cole closeted? At first, I didn’t really get that, but it becomes more evident as the film progresses. Everett and Joffe have great chemistry together that, and maybe I am also projecting here, that I found myself rooting for the two of them to connect. But then, I thought Cole and Haley were also good together as well, which makes Cole…bi-sexual maybe? I like the fact that these things are murky in the story – at their ages, it is kind of normal to doubt and question your sexual orientation. But this is also set in the now, and there’s a part of me that asks why these kids would have problems accepting themselves – there’s no background story that would make me understand why. There’s great acting all around from the young actors, and you will find yourself enthralled – though some of the millennial entitlement issues do bother me (but that’s who they are)  I found myself thinking of the characters after the movie ended, and I thought the film uses Joni Mitchell’s ‘The Circle Game’ in the most fantastic way. I highly recommend this film.

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