Film Evaluation: ‘I am Your Girl’ is a bit sluggish and too kinky however will maintain you up to date on leisure

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The life of Jean and Eddie (Rachel Brosnahan and Bill Heck) in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in the 1970s seems routine and humble. She makes him breakfast every morning, he goes to work, she stays home and plays around. No kids, just the two of them. He’s coming home. Same thing the next day. Are you satisfied.

Then everything changes. One day Eddie brings a child home and says to Jean, “He’s our baby. It all worked out.”

For a moment, stunned, she asks: “Where did you …” But Eddie interrupts her with a curt “Not now, Jean.” And that’s the end of this conversation. The little boy will be called Harry and he will be a world class screamer. Life goes on.

Then everything changes again. Eddie goes to work, this time with three friends, one of whom returns that night alone with a gun drawn, Jean asks if she is okay, gives her a lot of money, pushes her and Harry out of the house. He places her under the care of Cal (Arinzé Kene), a stranger who identifies himself as an acquaintance of Eddie and doesn’t say much else, but turns out to be both a gentleman and a kind of baby whisperer.

If you are watching all of this so quickly, you will want to shout like poor, confused and frightened Jean, “Please tell me what happens!”

In the short time it takes Cal to explain that he can’t explain it and that people are looking for Eddie “and you too,” he quickly takes them to a hiding place, “I’m Your Woman” becomes a Road movie until it becomes a gangster film and a thriller and a mystery. Cal, Jean and Harry are on the run, from some nameless villains as well as from the cops.

There is so much going on in this film, so much of it unclear – for Jean, apparently for Cal, and for anyone who sees it – I feel justified in disclosing the slightest spoiler: Eddie is a criminal, and Jean knows and lets himself be like . But it looks like he went too far this time!

So the trio goes on the run to a well-stocked safe house, Cal leaves after telling Jean to stay inside and not open the door. Harry’s crying reaches new heights and of course there is soon a knock on the door.

Things keep happening, then nothing happens, then there is a feeling that something is going to happen. Then a lot more happens in this strange movie.

Men with guns show up asking where Eddie is. But remember, Jean and Eddie have a protector in Cal, and even though he left them in the house, he’s still responsible for their safety.

Well into the two-hour running time of the film, a few answers to a few questions emerge, most of them about Jean and Eddie’s past. Cal doesn’t give out a lot of personal information, but you do believe he is trustworthy and even personable. With the introduction of a few additional characters – Teri (Marsha Stephanie Blake) and Art (Frankie Faison) being the main ones – the movie gets even more complicated, but in a fascinating way.

Although everything bad that happens is ultimately due to Eddie’s flawed behavior, the story is really more about Jean and how she deals with all of this. It’s a shame that something is missing from Rachel Brosnahan’s (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) performance. Maybe it was her choice, maybe it was director Julia Hart’s, but she seems to hold back and not let us understand what’s going on in Jean’s head. You will have to try a little to get rooted for them. She’s doing badly, but doesn’t deserve enough of our compassion to really care for her.

Towards the end, someone presses the “Send many acts in different directions at once” button and the film shows characters revealing their innermost secrets as they try to survive between shooting, running, and general chaos.

It all comes to a slightly happy but abrupt ending that doesn’t feel very convincing. Even so, there is a compelling, if somewhat slow, intense and involving story that was played before this ending.

“I’m Your Woman” premieres on December 11th on Amazon Prime.

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