Directed by Dan Levy Dagerman, “You, Me & Her” takes audiences on a journey through the intricacies of a ten-year relationship, blending drama and comedy seamlessly.
The story begins with Mags ( played by Selina Ringel) and Ash (played by Ritesh Rajan), a couple grappling with the routine and challenges of a decade-long relationship. As their troubles intensify, they decide to take their first post-baby vacation to Mexico. But they least expected that their attempt at reconnecting and finding the spark in their marriage would involve another person.
The serendipitous encounter with Angela (played by Sydney Park) feels destined, injecting some new energy and excitement into the lives of Mags and Ash.
The film’s premise, coupled with the chance encounter with the free-spirited digital nomad Angela, adds a unique twist that propels the narrative forward.
The central plot revolves around the couple’s decision to explore the unconventional idea of a threesome with Angela as a means to rejuvenate their marriage. For Mags, this presents an opportunity to explore long-suppressed feelings she never fully understood. On the other hand, Ash is excited, embodying the typical male fantasy of being with another woman without the stigma and guilt of infidelity.
However, as the couple navigates the complexities of this newfound arrangement, they encounter several hurdles that challenge their perceptions of themselves and each other. The film takes viewers from Los Angeles to Mexico and back, employing a simple narrative style that maintains a consistent tone throughout.
One of the film’s strengths lies in its character development. As Ash and Mags rediscover themselves, viewers are prompted to question whether they truly know each other. The screenplay carefully builds up to the third act, providing a deeper understanding of the characters, their choices, and the implications for their relationship.
The film strikes a delicate balance between drama and comedy. It avoids the extremes of slapstick humour or intense drama, instead offering moments that elicit genuine smiles and laughter. An example is the scene where Ash has to explain the presence of Viagra at home to Mags, a situation that is both humorous and relatable for many.
The performances of the main cast contribute significantly to the film’s success. Selina Ringel and Ritesh Rajan portray their characters with ease, making their on-screen chemistry believable. Sydney Park, in her role as Angela, brings both looks and talent to the table, making it understandable why Mags might be drawn to her.
Director Dan Levy Dagerman deserves praise for maintaining a decent and non-explicit tone despite the film’s subject matter. “You, Me & Her” manages to address adult themes without resorting to gratuitous content, making it a film that can be enjoyed by a broad audience. The implications of sex and nudity are handled with moderation, allowing the film to maintain a level of accessibility suitable for a family audience.
I will rate this film 6.5/10. It is a delightful cinematic experience that navigates the complexities of relationships with humour and heart.
With a compelling storyline, strong performances, and a tasteful approach to adult themes, You, Me & Her succeeds in offering a refreshing perspective on love, laughter, and the unconventional paths that relationships may take.