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Movie Review: Jeux d’enfants (Love Me If You Dare)

February 7, 2008


I am a sucker for movies that make me cry. I mean, what is a movie if you sat there for 118 minutes, just staring at the screen while wondering what exactly is going on, and why it stirred nothing inside you. (And then perhaps you will curse the film for being a piece of cinematic crap, too) I know some people don’t like watching tear-worthy films, especially if it’s with a group, you don’t want to be seen sniffling into your growing mountain of tissue paper. Some preferred action-packed, suspenseful, dramatic, hilarious stuff. I can assure you that this movie is all of the above. (Plus the waterworks too, but you are warned)

It began with two childhood friends who hit it off immediately and are constantly up to no good, daring each other to perform mischievous pranks that drive grownups crazy. In Julien’s words, all you need to play this game is a pretty girl and a pretty box. And a game it is, a game that grows increasingly out of hand as the duo blossom into feisty hot-headed adolescents, and then, into a pair of self-deluding young adults eager to leave their unfinished love story behind them. As stories like this go, it proved to be an unsuccessful attempt, as their lives entwined with one another ten years down the road.

It is a bittersweet love story that unravels as years go by for the two friends-turned-lovers. Incredibly romantic, the film easily reminds you of the adrenaline rush one gets when one is reminded of teenage young love, and the feeling of crossing the fine line between best friends and lovers.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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