Meet Bill (2008) - Movie Details
|Release Date:||April 4, 2008 (Limited)|
|On DVD:||July 15, 2008|
|Director:||Bernie Goldmann, Melisa Wallack|
|Cast:||Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Timothy Olyphant, Logan Lerman, Marisa Coughlan|
|Studio:||First Look Pictures|
|Running Time:||92 minutes|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated R for language, some drug use and sex-related material|
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Review by Robert Bell (C)
Western culture would have us believe that happiness is easy to attain. If one adheres to the rules and guidelines set forth by our pasty-white, capitalist forefathers than we too can have the white picket fence and long-weekend cottage commute. Formative educations systems instil these values on our youth, rewarding and encouraging assimilation and singular belief systems. Intelligence is defined by one's ability to respond with the most socially acceptable answer. Any defiance or questioning of dominant ideologies and their structure, no matter how logical, is deterred and punished. This encourages a hegemonic ideal, which is then established in the production line of children. They can then go into the world and do what is expected of them; taking pride in their post-secondary educations and 9-5 income generating professions. Goals then become driven by money and status, in order to have the best "things" and be coveted by complete strangers. There is no time to question how this regimented lifestyle came to be, or whether it's even sane (or wanted), as success waits for no one. Should questions of passion or desire or happiness come into play, there are always reality-altering anti-depressants and other chemical substances. The illusion of freedom exists within this structure, allowing people to feel uniquely important or that their success lies in their personal choices and ethics. Occasionally however, there are individuals who look outside of their cages and wonder how they got trapped in the first place.
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