Ask Me Anything tells the story of Katie Kampenfelt (Britt Robertson), and her complicated relationship with her family, friends, and sexual partners. It reads as a coming of age story of a girl unable to deal with a complicated past and unsure future who takes to a public blog in order to work out her struggles.
I have a complicated relationship with this movie. It’s one of those movies that becomes so much better after you finish. It has a very powerful ending that may explain some of the issues I had during the body of the film. It helps square away all the little inconsistencies that drive me crazy in films. Like why does she talk about deferring from Tufts yet misspell a ton of words in her blog? Why is she so excited about getting a Volvo when her friend drives a Mustang GT? Don’t they live near each other? What are the class dynamics going on here?
Of course this makes a lot more sense once you factor in the ending, which honestly redeemed the entire movie for me, and I already liked the main plot. It doesn’t shy away from difficult topics involving complex sexual relationships, adultery, molestation, suicide, domestic violence, pregnancy, and sexual assault. Not to mention the scary notion that parents don’t always know the secret lives of their children, and the tendency for secret lives to come back to haunt you.
Britt Robertson plays a great part here. Her Rotten Tomatoes page is littered with rotten movie scores, but this performance is surprisingly poignant. She is a complicated character, and she plays her well. It’s a straightforward tale, but it’s an interesting and gritty look at the complex sexual relationships of a young woman and how she deals (often not well) with her problems. It has some problematic views on the molestation part of her life, and the orgasm flashbacks are a little weird and seem out of place, but besides that it deals with the tougher subjects pretty well.
It also is an interesting reflection on how young people live their lives with the Internet almost acting as another character. Katie’s blog serves as a lucky cop-out for narration purposes, but also as an interesting reflection on the millennial tendency to live their life for a web based audience. I mean, hell, I write movie reviews every day in the vain fallacy that people actually care about my cinematic opinion.
I recommend this film mostly for the ending. It is a genuine twist that I didn’t see coming, which is honestly rare nowadays. It hits a lot of difficult and often triggering topics, and sometimes I think they may have overdone it with the amount of topics they force into this girl’s life, but I think that overall it is a pretty good film.
Amy’s Recommendation: 7/10