Title: 凯莉and Cal
主演：朱丽叶·刘易斯（Juliette Lewis），乔尼·韦斯顿（Jonny Weston），乔什·霍普金斯（Josh Hopkins）和西比·谢泼德（Cybill Shepherd）
人们常常羡慕自己的朋友，家人，同龄人和邻居，因为他们获得了看似积极的个人和专业机会，并努力达到同样的成功水平。屡获殊荣的独立喜剧剧中的两个标题人物，‘Kelly & Cal,’在今年的SXSW上演出的人，过着表面上似乎没有什么不同的过日子。但是这部电影标志着导演詹·麦克高恩（Jen McGowan）和作家艾米·洛伊·斯塔宾（Amy Lowe Starbin）的首部长片亮相，热情地展示了人们真正交谈时，发现自己的生活与最初的想象并没有什么不同。随着彼此了解，他们开始真正珍惜自己已经拥有的东西，而且嫉妒的程度并没有他们最初认为的那样。
‘Kelly & Cal’ follows first-time mother, 凯莉(Juliette Lewis), who’s still struggling to connect with her son, Jackson, six weeks after his birth. The former musician, who was once a bassist in the ‘90s rock band, Wet-nap, is trying to find a way to fit into the stereotype of what the perfect mother should be, after moving into a new suburban neighborhood. Dealing with a mild case of postpartum depression, as well as an emotionally distant husband, Josh (Josh Hopkins), and a group of local mothers who don’t seem keen on accepting her into their social circle, 凯莉tries to find the positives in her new life.
But 凯莉suddenly begins to feel appreciated when one of her teenage neighbors, Cal (Jonny Weston), approaches her one day when she’s taking a mental break from caring for Jackson. After forming a somewhat unconventional bond during their conversation over the fence, 凯莉begins spending time with Cal. The two are so desperate for attention from someone who understands them, they overlook the fact that he’s still in high school and became confined to a wheelchair after he was involved in a recent accident
While Josh putting in more hours at work every night, and his overbearing mother, Bev (Cybill Shepherd), and sister, Julie (Lucy Owen), spending more time at the couple’s house, 凯莉repeatedly finds solace in Cal. The two discuss their various troubles, including 凯莉feeling emotionally abandoned by her husband and Cal’s girlfriend ending their relationship after his accident, the two instantly begin to bond. As the new mother is flattered by the attention Cal is offering her, and the teen enjoying the new rebellious phase 凯莉is experiencing with him, their seemingly innocent friendship begins to push the boundaries of what’s socially, emotionally and morally acceptable.
McGowan和Lowe Starbin都毫不费力地强调了人们一生不断面对的动荡而现实的斗争。‘Kelly & Cal.’尽管电影常常对孕育快乐以及青少年的自由自在和随和的生活方式产生理想主义的见解，但喜剧戏剧对人们如何最好地处理自己的悲伤和对自己的问题的质疑采取了一种更讨人喜欢的方式。自我价值。
凯莉is represented as having what people often view as the ideal lifestyle for a new mother, as she can stay at home with her son while her husband works to provide for them. She also has a mother-in-law, who’s willing to help care for Jackson, so that she can have time to relax and maintain her identity outside of being a mother. Julie even questions why 凯莉isn’t happy, as she has everything she’s always wanted in her own personal life, to which the title character responds by stating she doesn’t why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled.
Lewis enthrallingly portrayed 凯莉as wanting to maintain her connection to her youth and care-free lifestyle from when she was in Wet-nap, while she balances her new domestic responsibilities. But after seeing the friends she had from her single life, who aren’t married or have children of their own yet, 凯莉feels like they no longer understand each other’s priorities. At the same time, the actress grippingly showcases how her character feels confused on why she doesn’t feel a more natural connection to her first child.
Since Josh doesn’t have the time to understand his wife’s confusion, or even fully realize the confusions she’s contending with, Cal perfectly comprehends the emotional distance 凯莉is experiencing from those who used to truly care for her. While he doesn’t want to reveal too much information about the accident that led to his injury to Kelly, his angst about his family and friends not appreciating the physical and emotional struggles he continuously faces naturally connects the two together.
Weston was the perfect choice to portray the troubled teen, who constantly makes jokes when he first meets Kelly, in an effort to prove how at ease he is with his new life. But as the two title characters’ friendship more deeply develops throughout the course of the film, the actor subtly began infusing Cal with stronger, deeper and more realistic feelings about his older neighbor. He doesn’t view 凯莉as a married mother who is only talking to him to escape her own life; he truly and harrowingly thinks of her as a potential love interest as she encourages him to continue to pursue his love of music and art. Weston grippingly portrayed Cal as not taking into account how his growing romantic feelings for 凯莉could ruin their relationship, as he’s increasingly desperate to hold onto any connection he can.
‘Kelly & Cal’是McGowan和Starbin出色的处女作，他们共同提供了人们一生中不断面对的情感痛苦的生动写照。人们经常为周围的人表演，因为他们试图证明自己对自己的选择和情况感到满意。无论他们是与凯利（Kelly）一样过着生活方式，凯利（Kelly）都是许多美国人为之奋斗的内梦，还是似乎在克服Cal（Cal）之类的障碍，标题人物都巧妙地证明，没有一个人真正知道别人的幸福是什么，直到他们通过他们的经历看到了生活。