May 14, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
ARLO & JULIE (2015)
Ashley Rae Spillers, Alex Dobrenko, Mallory Culbert, Hugo Vargas-Zesati, Chris Doubek, Annalee Jefferies, Sam Edison
Directed by Steve Mims
There are many things to like about Steve Mims' charming
comedy but what I love most about this delectable puzzler is the fact that it
was shot in
Arlo (Alex Dobrenko) and Julie (Ashley Rae Spillers) are a nice young couple living in a modest apartment. She works as a waitress to make ends meet while he works at a computer company to supplement his income as a historian, Arlo just wrote an article about the civil war which earned him a big $25 paycheck.
One day an envelope for Julie arrives with no return
address, inside is one jigsaw puzzle piece.
The next day another envelope arrives with two pieces, followed by four
the next day, and eight the day after.
Every day the couple receives a mysterious envelope with double the
amount of puzzle pieces than the day before.
At first they think it's a contest sponsored by a car dealership (hoping
to maybe win a Ford Escort) and soon the two become obsessed with solving the
mystery. The couple start missing days
at work and neglecting their apartment while eagerly awaiting the postman (a
good performance by
The supporting cast includes Mallory Culbert and Hugo Zesati as Arlo and Julie's best friends and recently split couple Trish and Rob, Culbert is particularly funny as the psycho-ex, and Sam Eidson plays Arlo's concerned co-worker. The entire cast shines making this film even more enjoyable.
Woody Allen has professed his love for
Spillers and Dobrenko, who previously starred together in Hearts of Napalm, are great together in roles that were specifically written for them by Mims. This couple is so likeable that I wanna hang out with them.
Arlo & Julie is enchanting and relaxed, much like
Now playing at the Violet Crown Cinema in
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