FFF 2019 – Review: WE USED TO KNOW EACH OTHER Is An Uncomfortable And Uneven Romance


There were some good moments in We Used to Know Each Other, but unfortunately, the film is largely a waste of a talented cast.
Technical Merit

We Used to Know Each Other is a new romantic drama film co-written and directed by Robert G. Putka. The movie tells the story of a couple in a long-distance relationship who decide to move in together, only to discover that everything is not what it seems. It made its U.S. debut at the 2019 Florida Film Festival.

The core story of the film has so much potential to be a great melodrama. Movies about long-distance relationships are typically strife with drama, and while that is still certainly the case with this film, it is not done in a way that is particularly interesting or unique. The movie feels like it is trying too hard to be realistic, and as a result, it instead feels unnatural and it becomes very obvious that you are watching a movie.

The filmmakers seemed to have no understanding of how to pace their film, or simply couldn’t decide what they wanted it to be. The beginning of the movie is quick and bouncy, and the end is drawn out and uncomfortable. Both of those parts work relatively well. It is the middle of the film that isn’t as effective, as it is in an unusual grey area that isn’t exactly slow but isn’t particularly entertaining either. Despite the extremely short runtime, the movie is exhausting because of the tonal shifts.

Another issue with the film is that the characters aren’t particularly likable. Hugo is selfish and Amanda is annoying. At first, it seems like this may be the point of the movie, but as the story progresses, it becomes clear that we are supposed to sympathize with these characters. It is hard to get behind characters that are completely self-centered and don’t seem to be a good match at all.

we used to know each other night

However, perhaps most frustrating about the film is the overwhelming male gaze that dominates the dialogue and narrative. The movie contains lengthy discussions about homosexuality, particularly female homosexuality, and all of these are done in a way that fetishizes homosexuality rather than normalizing it. Some of the comments made by the male protagonist could be seen as quite offensive, and they don’t seem to be uttered in a sarcastic or satirical way.

On a technical level, the film is mostly fine. Many of the production values are straightforward and bare bones because of the visibly low budget that the movie has. It would have been nice had the film more effectively utilized its setting of Las Vegas that keeps getting mentioned but is never properly explored. Towards the end of the movie, as the cuts become less frequent and the takes are longer, the film is much more impressive. The whole movie should have been like this.

The best part of this film is the acting. Although their performances are nothing to call home about, Hugo de Sousa and Essa O’Shea do a solid job in their roles. They become their characters in a way that proves that (if given the chance with a better script) they will both be very successful in the indie world. David Norris and director Putka have funny comedic relief supporting roles in the movie, but they are underused.

Overall, We Used to Know Each Other was a very disappointing film. The premise is interesting and the cast is pretty great, but the script is so underdeveloped and uneven that the movie is almost unwatchable.

We Used to Know Each Other is now playing at the 2019 Florida Film Festival.


Wrong Man Season 2 Official Trailer | STARZ

The true crime phenomenon continues. Joe Berlinger’s Wrong Man returns February 9th on STARZ. #WrongMan #STARZ Subscribe to the STARZ YouTube Channel for more documentaries: http://bit.ly/1kalhP0 Get your free trial of the STARZ app: http://starz.tv/WatchSTARZYT Like STARZ on Facebook: http://starz.tv/STARZFacebookYT Follow STARZ on Twitter: http://starz.tv/STARZTwitterYT Follow STARZ on Instagram: http://starz.tv/STARZInstagramYT Visit STARZ on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1mkHKgZ

All American | Midseason Return | Season Trailer | The CW

Stream new episodes of All American Tuesdays, free only on The CW App: https://go.cwtv.com/ALLShowyt SUBSCRIBE: https://go.cwtv.com/ALLShowyt About All American: When a rising high school football player from South L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds - Crenshaw and Beverly Hills -…

Drag Queens Trixie Mattel & Katya React to RuPaul’s AJ and the Queen | I Like to Watch | Netflix

Drag queens Trixie Mattel and Katya react to scenes from the new Netflix series starring RuPaul, 'AJ and the Queen' -- in this episode of "I Like to Watch". Watch AJ and the Queen, only on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80245094 SUBSCRIBE: https://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 158 million paid…

Daryl’s 20 MOST EPIC Saves | The Walking Dead

Watch Daryl's most epic saves in The Walking Dead. Watch Classic Scenes from The Walking Dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXGsuJnIWQo&list=PLP63B9XPsQt1LcCKwMK5sFVj7X0v0-KfN Subscribe to The Walking Dead on YouTube: https://goo.gl/Tu5rSx #TWD #TheWalkingDead #Daryl THE WALKING DEAD: Like The Walking Dead on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkingDeadAMC/ Follow The Walking Dead on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WalkingDead_AMC Visit The Walking Dead Official Site: https://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking-dead Sign Up for…

Behind The Scenes: The Witcher | Podcast | Netflix

Follow Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Cirilla the Lion Cub of Cintra through The Continent as we go Behind The Scenes of The Witcher. Learn how the writers, cast, and crew take almost 3,000 pages of original material and bring this fantastical world to life. After you fulfill your destiny of watching The…

Which Jonas Brother Is Missing? | The Circle | Netflix

The players in The Circle struggle to remember the name of one of the Jonas Brothers. The Circle is now streaming on Netflix. Watch The Circle, only on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81044552 SUBSCRIBE: https://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 158 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series,…

High Fidelity – Trailer (Official) • A Hulu Original

Sometimes you gotta face the music. #HighFidelity premieres February 14th, only on Hulu. ABOUT HIGH FIDELITY After 5 heartbreaks...it's finally time to face the music. High Fidelity premieres February 14th, only on Hulu. A departure from Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and beloved 2000 film, Hulu’s High Fidelity centers on Rob (Zoë Kravitz, who also serves…

A Fall From Grace’s Bresha Webb | The First Thing I Do | Netflix

Bresha Webb, star of Tyler Perry's new thriller A Fall From Grace, shared the first thing she does when she wakes up the morning.. when she looks at her phone.. and so much more. Watch A Fall From Grace, Only on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81127902 SUBSCRIBE: https://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service…
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here