Everything Everywhere All At OnceOscar-winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress: An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save what's important to her by connecting with the lives she could have led in other universes.
PFC Program Director's Notes: "Everything Everywhere All At Once is a film I’m not sure how to begin to describe, except to say that it left me alternately breathless with laughter and helpless in floods of tears. It’s the newest film by “The Daniels,” Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the duo who brought us the wonderful creative Swiss Army Man a few years ago. On the surface, the film is about an immigrant family who run a laundry and who face a depressingly overwhelming tax audit. Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh, who is utterly transcendent) and Waymond Wang (Ke Huy Quan, triumphantly back on American screens after 30 years, and whom many may remember as Data in The Goonies and Short Round in the Temple of Doom) play the aging couple who own the laundry service, and their adult daughter, Joy Wang (played by the wonderful Stephanie Hsu) struggles to connect and find acceptance, particularly with her mother. The plot kicks into high gear when Evelyn and Waymond meet with IRS tax accountant (Jamie Lee Curtis, who is amazing). Evelyn, via a sudden rupture in time and space, discovers she is the only one who can save the world, and she must do so by accessing the knowledge and skills of her alternate selves across the multiverse.
"It’s a madcap adventure, with everything and the kitchen sink thrown into the mix -- googly eyes, everything bagels, fingers made of hot dogs, sentient rocks, a chef raccoon, a deadly fanny pack, and kick-ass kung fu action. But what makes the film particularly extraordinary is what the Daniels do with all those random and seemingly silly bits of things. Would you believe me if I told you the sentient rocks will make you cry, the hot dog fingers will become romantic, and the raccoon will make you cry yet again? You will have to see it to believe it, I think, but it is all, absolutely, part of the joyous, moving experience of this extraordinary film.
"For the film isn’t just a wacky, delightful adventure -- it is that, but it is also a love letter to cinema (watch for movie references!); it is an exploration of love; it is a tender examination of family and of parent-child relationships; it is a testament to the immigrant experience; it is a film about finding hope in a world gone mad; it is a film that admits the tedium of laundry and taxes but transforms those things into something wholly other."ActionPT2H20MR2023-01-27T00:00:00+00:00
Ke Huy Quan
Jamie Lee Curtis
Harry Shum Jr.
Jonathan WangEverything Everywhere All At Once"Everything Everywhere All At Once"