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Everything Put Together

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A movie directed by Marc Forster

A horrific tale that examines the risks and fears of motherhood, EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER is a no-holds-barred freak out. With smirking stealth, the film first illustrates a pleasant suburban picture of idyllic family life for Angie (Radha Mitchell) and … see full wiki

Director: Marc Forster
Release Date: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Everything Put Together

Everything Put Together 2000 ~ SIDS, facing the unfaceable

  • Mar 22, 2005
Pros: Radha Mitchell nailed it

Cons: bad lighting, sound, film quality

The Bottom Line: One of life's daily trials

This isn’t particularly good film work. The scenes are spotty, camera work mid-line, sound echo is atrocious. The actors often seem lost in their part. But this is Indie film, and one realizes that neither budgets or backers are generally behind these things and they usually aren’t of the best quality.

Irregardless of the quality of the film, acting, scenes, camera work and poor sound quality, I liked the message of the movie which was written by Adam Forgash & Catherine Burns, directed by Marc Foster.

Shiny, happy people
This is obviously upper middle class California America. The homes are fairly opulent, the couples (a group of 8 or so) gather for good times at each other’s homes. Oddly enough, almost all the women are pregnant or recently had a child. Some couples have more than one child. The families, when they get together, talk of nothing but the children, impending births, diapering, feeding, value of cribs, etc. Even the husbands, when not with the women, chat about maternity and children.

In a nutshell, these people evolve around their familial lifestyle and are happy with it.

The women all belong to a spa where they take water aerobics to help with the pregnancies. After one session, one of the women, Jean, goes into labor and the only other woman left there, Angie, helps deliver her baby. She is so relieved that she decides to make Angie the Godmother, quite a blessing.

Then Angie delivers, and her baby dies. SIDS they say. It dies within hours of birth. Right there at the hospital, with all her happy, pregnant friends by her side, she loses her child.

Silence isn’t golden
“I don’t want to talk about it” (Angie to Bill)
“Have you talked to Angie lately?” (Jean to friends)
“Let’s give her some time to herself” (collective friends)
“Sorry, honey, I just can’t get away to come visit you and the baby” (Angie’s mother)
“The baby is fine, he’s growing so big” (Angie to mother on phone)
“Please don’t touch my baby” (Jean to Angie)
“Let’s go on a trip to help forget” (Bill to Angie)

So begins the true death, the abandonment by family and friends, when Angie needs them the most. They don’t deliberately avoid her, although they never call or come over anymore, but they don’t know what to say to her. It’s easier to just let her be on her own. Being on her own is the worst thing that could happen to Angie. She needs that interaction, she wants that friendship.

A sudden turn of events changes the balance of the story, and Angie’s life.

Actors and accolades
Radha Mitchell played the part of Angie. She was confident in the part, portraying hurt and anger when she needed to and painful loss when she needed to.. She was the least shallow person in the movie.

The balance of the crew, Megan Mullally as Barbie, Catherine Burns (the writer) as Judith, Jacqueline Heinze as Jean, Mark Boone Jr as Bill, Blake Rossi as Michael, Justin Long as Russ and Michele Hichs as April, this group seem so shallow and close minded. Of course, that is what they were supposed to be. The mother was never seen, even at the funeral, because she was always kept in the dark about the baby and his death. And she preferred it that way apparently.

Overall the movie was about a group of people that were detached from life and each other, even though they put on the guise of friendship and even love. Some may think the people weren’t that believable, but I am sure that most of us have come across someone that has had a recent loss and simply didn’t know what to say or what to do. For the most part, we simply avoid them. It’s easier that way.

Independent Spirit Awards gave the ‘Someone to Watch’ Award to Marc Foster for this film and it was nominated for Best Feature under $500,000.

Sundance Film Festival nominated Marc Foster for Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic.

Extras on the DVD were deleted scenes, audio commentary by the director.

This, by far, isn’t the best film I’ve seen in a long time as far as the quality of the film. But as far as the story goes, it ranks way up there. And that is why I like Indie films, they tend to take a chance.



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