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Peter and Vandy (DVD Review)

6 Feb, 2010 By: Billy Gil

peter and vandy

Street 2/9/10
Box Office $0.01 million
$27.99 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Jason Ritter, Jess Weixler, Jesse L. Martin.

Here’s a movie I wish people would watch on Valentine’s Day instead of pandering dreck like, well, Valentine’s Day.

Peter meets Vandy as they both sit and eat from the same street cart. He’s immediately taken with her, but she’s taken. That relationship isn’t working, so she breaks it off and takes a chance on Peter.

Sound pretty ordinary? It is, and that’s what’s so exciting about Peter and Vandy. It’s purely a story about a relationship. We see Peter, played by Jason Ritter (son of the late John Ritter), and Vandy, played by beguiling relative newcomer Jess Weixler, in every aspect of their relationship — in bed, laughing over Vietnamese food and fighting over Chinese.

Only we don’t see them in order. The film never makes a point of its storytelling device, but it’s done so seamlessly that it only takes moments to figure out things are out of order and you’re rarely lost. The novelty is actually a good thing because it adds some flash to an admittedly everyday story.

The small moments in Peter and Vandy are a revelation, such as the little jokes that aren’t funny to anyone else, or the pointless fights and breakups. If you find yourself cringing a bit during the film, it’s probably because you can relate all too well.

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