Review: Jamie and Jessie are Not Together
Jamie (Jacqui Jackson) is moving from Chicago to New York City to become a big, big star. Her roommate and best friend, Jessie (Jessica London-Shields), doesn’t know how to tell Jamie that she’s in love with her, or even if she should. To make matters worse, everyone they know thinks they’re together. Well, except for Jamie’s lover, but even she knows that Jessie has feelings.
With Jamie’s move date looming, Jessie tries to move on, or at least make Jamie jealous, by going on some pretty epic blind dates.
The danger of skimming film information is that the first time they burst into song, I nearly spit my tea all over myself. Yes, this is a musical, but it is not Glee. Take that whichever way you choose.
The music is used in a similar way to Glee, where the dialogue moves the story forward and not the music (so you could totally fast forward through the musical numbers and not miss anything particularly important), but there is no autotune, and not all the actors could legitimately list “singing” as a skill on their resumés. It sounds a lot like what your life would sound like if your friends randomly burst into song when words alone were no longer adequate to express the nuances of each lesbian drama you experienced.
For two people who seem to share a life, Jessie and Jamie live that life in two different worlds. Jamie’s completely wrapped up in her move to New York City, arranging auditions and a day job, as well as final hook ups before she leaves. Jessie can only see her life without Jamie (and a dash of inferiority complex). There’s zero communication happening. Enter alcohol.
The cinematography is striking and shows us the city of Chicago as a hazy hipster summer playground. The actors do small things that are normally omitted from a narrative, and they lend a sense of the everyday to the film. This is no Hollywood production showing baristas living in spacious and beautifully furnished apartments, but a film about people with actual budgets and jobs and friends and grass allergies, who have to find ways to get home when their bike wheels are stolen.
There’s something refreshing about a film like this, because we can see the most amazing things happening out of very real moments.
Jamie and Jessie are Not Together is a fantastic, sexy and funny movie to watch with your closest friends (just not the ones you think you’re in love with).
Jamie and Jessie are Not Together will be available on DVD from April 9 and in America from June.