True Things Movie Review & Movie Summary (2022) | Pretty Reel

Sex may be the origin of everything in “True Things” and may be the main destabilizing force (as it often is in real life), but the real subject of “True Things”, the source of every screen event, is loneliness, the damage loneliness can do. As Douglas Copeland wrote, “Forget sex, politics or religion. Loneliness is the subject that empties a room. Being alone, and admitting that you are alone, is the real taboo.

Kate (Wilson) works as a claims officer and her job is to mostly question angry people about their various claims, telling them they need to show up with the proper paperwork. Tantrums ensue. When she’s not working, she scrolls through Tinder, in a runaway state. She’s so unenthusiastic about her job that she’s on thin ice with the boss and with her friend (Hayley Squires) who landed her the job. Then one day a guy (Tom Burke) sits down at his desk to review his claim. His hair is dyed blonde, he’s just been released from prison, but most striking is his racy smile, a smile directed at her with an odd mischievousness, as if the two shared a secret. It rocks like a house of cards. He waits for her outside after work, and in less than five minutes they are having standing sex in a parking lot. She doesn’t even know his name. We never learn his name. She puts his number in her phone under the name “Blond”.

Erica Jong has written an entire book about this particular kind of thrill. Kate isn’t just in it, or him. She Needs the high it provides. He is so easily intimate with her, displaying unexpected moments of cuteness, as if they were an established couple. When she bangs her head against a cement column the first time they have sex, he stops and says, “Are you okay, love? He comes strong, but not in a mean way. She is obviously very responsive. In what feels like a week long question Kate has disintegrated, because of course Blond is intimate and fun, but he’s also mercurial and manipulative, he runs hot and cold, he calls her a “soul mate” and then quickly withdraws. Like textbooks, this unpredictable behavior makes her need him even more.

This can be frustrating for some. This is clearly “bad news”! Yeah, but it’s bad news with a racy smile. The racy smile is very important! He’s also into her in a disarmingly candid way, so unlike the guys she’s settled with, who talk about their work and forget to ask her about herself. (One of those dates ends horribly when Kate tries to coax the guy into blonder behavior, just so she can get her fix. It’s excruciating.) Desire, Sex, Needs Finally satisfied, waking up with someone next to you in bed can all mess up a single person’s radar, and Kate’s radar is already damaged at the start of the film. Her work friend, who has clearly counseled Kate through many bad relationships in the past, exasperatedly asks her: If you want to “calm down,” then why are you wasting time with that Bad Boy?

True Things Movie Review & Movie Summary (2022) | Pretty Reel