SXSW FILM 2012
By Caitlyn Collins | March 14, 2012
Director: Nate Meyer
Writer: Nate Meyer
Starring: Emmie Tunney, Adam Scott, Jeremy Strong, Josh Hamilton, William Sadler, Aubrey Dollar
See Girl Run, written and directed by Nate Meyer, is an interesting approach to the not-so-original idea of a mid-life rut. Emmie (Robin Tunney) is looking for a little excitement in her life, which seems to be in the form of her ex-boyfriend. This is evident by a dinner meeting she has with a casting agent for a reality show that matches up high school sweethearts; yet, Emmie is a married woman. She comes home from the meeting to her husband and dog, quickly slipping her wedding ring back on to her finger. Emmie and Graham (Josh Hamilton) have been married for several years and it seems rather unhappily. She begins to reminisce about her ex, Jason (Adam Scott), and the big question of “What if?” A gigantic floral arrangement sent to her office by Jason convinces her she needs to see Jason; so Emmie leaves behind her dog walking and grooming business, as well as her husband, and hits the road to her hometown in Maine.
Jason has spent his post-high school years pining for Emmie, waiting tables at a lobster restaurant, and attempting to pursue a career as an artist. His specialty is frogs (highly reminiscent of the kind from the beloved children’s book by Arnold Lobel, Frog and Toad are Friends). Jason’s on-again, off-again relationship with Becky (Aubrey Dollar) is clearly going nowhere, and he’s still dependent upon his father for rent money.
Emmie returns to her childhood home to find that her brother Brandon (Jeremy Strong) is inexplicably depressed and her father (William Sadler) and mother seem to fight quite a bit. It isn’t exactly the best environment to rekindle a romance, and Emmie must decide whether or not she is going to be drawn to her old flame. Meyer spends a great deal of time building up to the meeting between Emmie and Jason, giving the journey a raw emotional feel not addressed in typical Hollywood films of this nature. As the viewer, you aren’t sure if you should root for the romantic Jason or feel creeped out by his consistent presence in Emmie’s life. It’s a decision she herself must make
(Also check out our SXSW 2012 interview with Nate Meyer.)