Hearing that I Melt With You was a film like no other spiked my anticipation. I couldn’t wait, and after seeing it I definitely agree it’s not quite like any movie that I have reviewed before. I really don’t know if that’s a bad or good thing because I Melt With You is a lifestyle film for a certain kind of Generation-X audience.
A star-studded cast was assembled, including Thomas Jane (“Hung”, Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”), Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles) and Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”). I thought I was about to experience a frat-boy party movie, and I Melt With You starts off as a raw and more adult version of The Hangover.
It centers around four best friends in their mid-40s: Richard (Jane), the stereotypical womanizer who was once published author turned bitter, renegade teacher and lives for the chance to escape his boring and plain life; Ron (Piven) and Jonathan (Lowe), two guys who have reached the top of their careers but not without a steep price; and Tim (a strong performance from McKay), whose back-story is the most unclear of the group. Tim’s storyline drags early on, but as the film progresses, he becomes the center of the entire film.
The four different yet successful friends are assembling together for a yearly week of extreme debauchery intent on going harder than you could ever imagine with a slew of legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and rock ’n’ roll. The guys seem as if they are partying for the last time when Tim makes good on a promise the four best friends made 20 years ago. The fun times turn sour, leading the viewer on an adventure of destruction and devastation.
I Melt With You is a film that you truly can’t figure out, and it leaves you feeling a bit confused. The confusion makes you ask yourself if this is what you have to look forward to in life – depression and constant complaining. All of the characters in the film have achieved success in their careers yet are filled with feelings of regret and are still immature.
I suggest if you’re going to check out I Melt With You, plan a fun and entertaining event before you go, because it’s a definite downer. A person will either love it or hate it.
I Melt With You releases in select theaters Dec. 9.