Hey Phoebe. I just wanted to say that I love you and that everything is going to be okay. I mean, not perfect, obviously, but better. Like, we’ll probably have to get a new house. and also cars. But I’m coming to get you and this will all be over. Soon-ish.

American Ultra (2015)
dir. Nima Nourizadeh


You start with this kind of like sweet love story, Nourizadeh said. I don’t want to turn people off with that, but what’s really unique about this movie is the fact that it’s like this kind of crazy action-comedy, but really at the core there is this like romance and there’s this love story where all he wants to do is to propose to her. Really if you look at it, the action that comes into play is basically the stuff that’s softening it. It’s like the hurdles that you have to like overcome.

There is a scene in Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra (written by Max Landis) where Mike is telling his girlfriend, Phoebe a crazy comic book story he made up in his head. He does this alot. At the point of him ending his story, any other movie would have her roll her eyes and tell him how dumb it all sounds. But she doesn’t. She’s crushed. The story to her is better than any movie. She encourages him to do more with his ideas because she loves them and him and wants everyone to see the person she sees. This is a story beat you never see in movies. This is the kind of conversation my wife and I have daily. Pushing each other to pursue our crazy ideas. In movies, the typical three act structure says that any couple has to reach a point where they break up and then at the end live happily ever after. It’s boring and it sucks. Sure, Mike and Phoebe go through alot in the movie and come close to breaking up but instead spend the entire time fighting for each other. True Romance is seriously one of the only other movie couples that share this magic. It’s sad. My wife and I root for the “power couple” on and off screen and wish they could conquer all. Wake up Hollywood and pull your heads out of your asses.