2½ stars (out of four)
Big question: Rachel (Piper Perabo) considers leaving her husband Heck (Matthew Goode) for the gay beauty Luce (Lena Headey), who she spotted mid-stride to the altar. Is this a romantic comedy or a guy's lesbian fantasy?
Catch it: A romantic, tolerant and tame twist on the notion of love at first sight, "Imagine Me and You" displays respectable people confronting difficult feelings in a mature--if simplistic--way. Imagine that.
Skip it if: You don't want to watch Goode ("Match Point") steal every scene he's in with his incredibly appealing British accent and idealist, boyish charm.
Bottom line: It's no "Brokeback Mountain," but "Imagine Me and You" tenderly approaches love unrestricted by societal concerns (or realities) of sexual preference. It's a formulaic but fun romantic comedy that deserves more than sight gags of penis-shaped cacti.
Bonus: Heck's best man (Darren Boyd), said to be willing to "shag an open wound," delivers one of cinema's strongest wedding-day toasts: "May they grow old together sharing the same pillow." Aww.
`Imagine Me and You'
Written and directed by Ol Parker; photographed by Ben V. Davis; edited by Alex Mackie; production designed by Eve Mavrakis; music by Alex Heffes; produced by Sophie Balhetchet, Barnaby Thompson and Andro Steinborn. A Fox Searchlight Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:33. MPAA rating: R (some language and sexual material).
Rachel - Piper Perabo
Luce - Lena Headey
Heck - Matthew Goode
Ned - Anthony HeadCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times