Hey all! We’re back at it again, this time with a new challenge for ourselves: can we both watch a movie on a weekly basis and write about it? This is a new step for us to get back in the game – and to work on our movie challenges. It’s a win-win!
Once upon a time we used to do highlight of the weeks, which turned into highlight of the month, and now we’re trying something new! For this month we have decided (actually a randomizer decided this) that we are going to watch coming-of-age movies (all on Netflix, since this is something we both have easy access to). So once a week we are going to watch a movie, and after watching it, we are going to write about it and share our thoughts. Some may be recommendations, others may be warnings. Who knows! But without further ado, here is our first challenge – we made it happen!
Ask Me Anything
“Beautiful, wild, funny, and lost, Katie Kampenfelt takes a year off before college to find herself, all the while chronicling her adventures in an anonymous blog which she pours her innermost secrets. Eventually, Katie’s fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge. – IMDB
To be honest, I started off annoyed while watching this movie. Our main character, Katie, lies about everything going on in her life. She’s a pathological liar, and it makes it really hard to relate to her character. For about half of the movie I swear, all she does is whine and complain that this older guy she really likes, Dan (who has a girlfriend – and she also has a boyfriend), is ignoring her and not calling her. Whine, whine, whine. That’s all she does. It was hard to watch.
But there were a few things I could relate to with her. When she talks about her blog, and how she blogs everyday about her life. That’s something I’ve sort of been doing myself lately, and in some ways it’s a great therapy. And you find out – Katie has been in a mental hospital before. And there are things you start to discover about her character that help you understand why she acts the way she is. It’s hard to like her, but I will say that by the end of the movie, I thought her character was written really well.
And without giving spoilers away, the ending leaves you kind of wondering what exactly happened. There’s a few theories I read right after watching the movie, and a few of them made sense to me. But it’s open to interpretation, and some people may not like that.
Overall, I didn’t like the movie at first, but by the end I thought it was actually really well written and developed. And I liked the ending because it makes you think, and put things together and it’s kind of really creative. And it suits the main character.
I would say my rating for this movie falls around a 6.5/10. Not something I’d want to watch again. But I would recommend the movie for anyone looking for a kind of unique movie on blogging and pathological liars. If you like movies with a deeper meaning, that are sort of dark in aspects, then this might be right up your alley.
In the beginning, Katie presents herself as a pathological liar and self absorbed. And I cannot find a single character trait that I find endearing. I found myself wishing for the ball to drop and for people to start calling her out on her bullshit. What made things all the more frustrating was seeing her so easily manipulated and fooled by the guys in this movie despite being such an expert liar herself.
Things take a darker turn, and over halfway through is when it finally catches my attention. The character’s actions start to make a bit more sense. The ending is so unexpected and kinda leaves you hanging. Overall, I would say that this movie was interesting, but hard to like.
“Dear Miss Kampenfelt, since you expressed a desire today to learn more about adult life, here are 10 bitter truths for your reading pleasure.
- Complete honesty is a complete lie.
- Marriage is sacred only to those who have never been married.
- Money is more integral to happiness than romantic love.
- Every human being is a contradiction. Some hide it better than others.
- Never underestimate the tendency of human beings to act contrary to their own best interests.
- Were it not for the fear of getting caught, most of us would behave like savages.
- All sex has consequences, most of them dire.
- The older you get, the faster time flies until months pass like days.
- There’s no such thing as living happily ever after.
- Everything gets worse.”
“You have to start making your own decisions.”