ME MYSELF I
It is interesting to contrast Me Myself I to The Family Man, which told exactly the same story from a male perspective both are films where a single person suddenly finds themselves in a life where they are married and have children. The Family Man is a fine film in completely different ways it sentimentalises the working class lifestyle. Me Myself Is family is much better off financially than the one in Family Man but Me Myself I resonates with greater realism.
Me Myself I is definitely a womans film. No male could ever write about something like the awkwardness of a girl putting in her first tampon or a man might find in being asked to change the sheets, or derive such hilarity from the problem of inserting a diaphragm. Ultimately, Me Myself I is a film that decides that attachment and family is a good thing one would have been intrigued to see the story that might have resulted when the married Rachel Griffiths turned up in her single counterparts life. Where all Sliding Doors could do is longingly wish for romantic fulfillment and a career, Me Myself I has the virtue of wry wit.
On a pure story level, Me Myself I is an absurdly simple film but the pleasure comes in the sense of humour with which Pip Karmel presents it. The films virtue is Karmels hilarious presentation of the sheer ordinariness of the situation that Rachel Griffiths finds herself in at having to wipe her youngest sons bottom when he goes to the toilet; her going to the supermarket and by instinct buying for only one instead of five. Some of Rachel Griffiths expressions at her twelve year-old daughter asking If you havent had your period yet, do you still have to wear a condom when you have sex? or the deflation of her expectant expression as her husband goes to sleep disinterested in sex, are priceless. Pip Karmel has a delightfully playful sense of humour like the shot that cuts from Rachel Griffiths on one of her personals column dates to a pan along the floor strewn with clothing and panting on the soundtrack before anticlimactically revealing it to be a disconsolate Griffiths watching an X-rated video. There is at least one quite amazing shot with Rachel Griffiths standing in a bathtub considering dropping a hairdryer in the water, where Roberta Flacks All By Myself comes on the soundtrack as the hairdryer twirls blow up soap suds in slow motion.
The film received an arthouse release in the USA in 2000. It came out only a couple of months before the Farrelly Brothers Jim Carrey comedy Me Myself and Irene (2000), causing some confusion between the two titles.
(Nominee for Best Actress (Rachel Griffiths) at this sites Best of 1999 Awards).