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I Melt With You

  • Rated R
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independent, special interest

Four college buddies reminisce their glory days on a sex, drug & rock fueled retreat, but things take a dark turn when they're faced with a secret from the past. Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Thomas Jane star.

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common sense

4 out of 5
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Positive role models
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3 out of 5

Depressing story of drug-addled men has no appeal.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Melt with You is a very depressing drama about four fortysomething friends who get together for a party and try to drown their meaningless misery with tons of alcohol and drugs. It gets even more hopeless as the story goes on. Constant, destructive drinking, smoking, and drug use are the biggest issues; one character is a shady doctor (a quasi-drug dealer) who's probably an addict. Strong language is nearly constant, with many uses of "f--k." There's also some brief nudity (male and female) and implied sex, as well as strong sexual innuendo. There are three suicides and one murder, with dead bodies, as well as a violent, bloody bar fight. Overall, this combination makes the movie a very iffy choice for even the most mature teens.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the characters' use of alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes. Does the movie glamorize drinking, drugging, and smoking? What consequences do characters face?
  • Is there any way these characters could have found help -- or hope? What resources do people have when they feel at the end of their rope?
  • Do you think the young characters will grow up to be as disillusioned as the older ones? Does the movie have anything positive to say?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Stylish cinematography and an awesome punk-and-new-wave soundtrack make the early, music-video-like montages of debauchery at least trashy entertainment, but the film's second half couldn't be more contemptible...

- Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rotten: If it weren't played so very straight, this jaw-dropping thriller might pass for an accurate satire of Hollywood self-indulgence. Instead, it serves as a prime example.

- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rotten: After the halfway mark, it's too much, with director Mark Pellington displaying little intent to criticize.

- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York, Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

With a full house of brilliant actors stepping outside of their most recent endeavors, each man brings a painful and endearing nature to the film that ultimately gives it the overall feeling of impending doom. So many emotions mix into this film, creating a truly unique emporium of feelings, with the themes of suicide, brotherhood, and the guilt with covering up murder, I Melt with You not only succeeds in delivering a well paced and original story that keeps you guessing as to what the end goal of the film may be, it also creates an emotional drama unlike anything before it.

- xas5, Sunday, March 11, 2012

3 stars

When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control, and a pact they made as young men is revisited. Well made film. I simply was shock on how much I enjoyed this film and how diverse and original it was. Great directing, acting and amazing music, style and sound. All men should watch this film, I simply somehow identified myself in this film yet somehow pity the men in them. Richard Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Jonathan (Rob Lowe) and Tim (Christian McKay) are old college friends that gather annually for a week in Big Sur to celebrate their friendship and catch-up on each other's lives. They seem like typical men in their forties - all with careers, families, and enormous responsibilities - but like most people there is a lot more beneath the surface. As the week progresses, they go down the rabbit hole of excess as mountains of drugs are consumed to a blaring rock 'n' roll soundtrack. Parties with much younger women spin out of control. Exhausted and run ragged, they bare their souls to one another revealing the disillusionment with their lives. As the truth emerges, the reunion takes a much darker turn when a promise from their past is brought to light. From director Mark Pellington, 'I Melt With You' is a visually dazzling, wild and wooly trip deep into the male psyche, driven by four amazingly committed and profound performances.

- MANUGINO, Saturday, November 19, 2011

2 stars

Visually, had a lot going. It was easy to buy into the friends' relationships. But short of that, it's just a slow burn as they start bugging out (drug induced) and getting emo about their lives leading to this reunion. The music was solid, the vibe was good right until about the 50 minute mark... then it continues its freefall this time to a much darker, more confusing place you're not to understand until the ending. Which comes, goes, and you're left wondering wtf happened.

- fb1112584705, Thursday, August 16, 2012