“You’re smart, and ain’t nothing in this world dumber than a smart guy.”
It’s like You’ve Got Mail with psychics!
In Your Eyes is a movie with a title that references a Peter Gabriel song, but does not feature said song in the movie. What gives? It does, however, feature many other indie songs all throughout the movie. In fact, it uses the sentimental music montage as a bit of a crutch. When your two lead characters are separated by almost the entire country, I guess it’s hard to create scenes of a growing love without some good ol’ montages.
The story, written by Joss Whedon, features two lonely folks, Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan (Michael Stahl-David). Rebecca is stuck in a loveless marriage with a controlling doctor, while Dylan is an ex-con, on parole, working at a car wash. One day, the two suddenly gain the ability to experience the world through each other’s eyes. Why? How? Doesn’t really matter. Make up your own reason. I believe unicorns were involved. They were both licked by unicorns.
After quickly (too quickly) adjusting to and accepting this new discovery, the two begin getting to know each other and helping each other with their problems and issues.
I certainly don’t fault this movie for having such an unexplained, fantastical premise. But I do fault it for playing it pretty safe with how everything unfolds. It goes pretty much exactly as you’d expect it to…at least until it becomes a borderline thriller at the end. That felt a little out of place.
A movie with this plot could go a few different ways. On one end of the plot spectrum, it could have been a slapstick comedy with one goofy, awkward situation after another. Not something I’d want to see. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it could have been darker, riskier, edgier. Maybe one of the characters could have been disabled, or they could have been different ethnicities, or heck, even if one of them wasn’t particularly attractive, that could have been something. But no, like I said, this one plays it close to the middle on that spectrum, going for the safe romantic-comedy angle.
The leads are fine, there are some amusing moments, and even a few touching scenes, but overall it seemed like a waste of a good premise. But hey, they do shoehorn in a car chase, so…yeah…