By Jordan Reynolds, staff writer
A girl who likes girls falls for a boy who likes girls. The boy comes to Los Angeles to help his college friend, and this second boy just realized he likes boys. Sound confusing? It’s the plot of “Me Him Her,” the directorial debut of Max Landis (“American Ultra”), an utterly hysterical film that rests its laurels on the actors and the Landis’s writer.
Sitting on a toilet in a public restroom, Cory (Dustin Milligan) gets a call from his college friend, Brendan (Luke Bracey), who immediately reveals to Cory that he’s gay. Brendan has become a famous television actor in Los Angeles since college, and he asks Cory to come to LA for the “emotional damage control” that could prove necessary in his coming out. What ensues is an overly dramatic comedy for the ages, and what seems to be perfect fodder for cult film lovers.
The two storylines develop simultaneously: Brendan’s struggle with coming to terms with his sexuality, and Cory’s infatuation with a girl he meets in a gay bar upon the first night of his arrival. He engages in seemingly endless conversation with the girl, Gabbi (Emily Meade). The entire night, and their one night stand quickly develops into something much more complicated. Gabbi has just gotten out of a relationship with sociopathic model and her confusion and frustration eat away at her throughout the film. Meanwhile, Cory struggles with his unhappiness coming from his job back home, and the bizarre atmosphere of LA that has revived him.
At the same time, Brendan decides to come out: first to his marketing team, then to his parents, and finally to the world. Each time he says it out loud, the same reaction ensues: “I know!” to which Brendan responds, “Why didn’t you tell me?” with the consistent, sarcastic answer of “Why didn’t I tell you… about your own sexual orientation?” This repetition is reliable throughout the entire plot, and Brendan’s crush on Griffin (Jake McDorman), the PR manager for his show, controls the direction of the storyline.
The conflict of sexuality is the underlying theme of the entire story: whether it be Gabbi’s confusion of falling for a boy when she had previously only dated girls, or Brendan coming to know that he’s been gay his whole life but is just now realizing it. While a seemingly heavy subject, the movie approaches it with undeniable humor and wit, and this is in part due to the expert timing and hilarity of Mulligan. He’s the driving force behind most of the comedic moments throughout, although Meades has her moments as well.
“Me Him Her” is a beautifully crafted, thoroughly modern love story, and the combination of stunning cinematography and phenomenal acting (both dramatic and comedic) comes together for a lovely result.
“Me Him Her” was released March 4th.