Jimmy is obsessed with documenting everything in his life. Judy is constantly being teased and mocked around. The two finally meet and sparks are flying - they fall in love. Soon the two are on the road together, running away from the police.
Yes, Edward Furlong is the lead, and he is chubby. Now that I've said what most people seem to focus on, I can continue with the actual film. A film I actually would go as far as calling one of my favorite mockumentaries, and one of Edward Furlong's best films to date. I decided to write this off of my memories - has been a few months since I have watched it, but having seen it at least twice I can still remember the movie very well and don't think a third viewing is needed for it. However, considering how much I enjoy it, a third viewing will be coming eventually anyway. Just not right now. Anyway... Ever since I first watched "Jimmy & Judy" I have wanted to review it on the website here but it just never really happened. For whatever reason I could never sit down and motivate myself when it came to this movie, which is odd since I like it so much. Enough about that, let's get on with the show!
You've seen the story many times before - weirdos fall in love and commit crimes. "Natural Born Killers" is probably the most popular of this kind, but I think "Jimmy & Judy" as well as "Criminal Lovers" beats that movie any day. But that has nothing to do with the story... Edward Furlong's Jimmy is a strange young man who documents everything in his life, even his therapy session with a therapist who eventually snaps at him for it. Judy is bullied. Jimmy has been filming her for a while and eventually the two meet and they fall in love before you know it. As you expect - they go out on the road, wanted by the cops. We get to meet a few of Jimmy's associates before they find a place to hide - a sort of community for outcasts living together at a farm. As usual, drugs are involved in the community, and there's a man in charge who uses the girl's of the community for his own needs.
The movie didn't win me over with the plot. The movie won be over because of the actors and their chemistry. Hell, the chemistry was so good that the two of them became a couple after the production ended! This is an unnerving movie that I think is both very realistic and intense. The characters are certainly off and you never know what their next move will be, keeping you on the edge.
Edward Furlong is doing some of his best acting (maybe having a rough history now, he had something to take for). This is coming from a fan, I like a lot of his work: "Terminator 2", "Detroit Rock City", "Brainscan", "American History X", "Pecker" and even "Pet Sematary 2" is a movie I have always enjoyed to some degree. But he is doing something different in "Jimmy & Judy", he's not just a teenager with a mouth on him in this one. He's a sleazy, messed up criminal, but played rather humane and real, making you care even though he's a bastard most of the time. Then we have Rachael Bella's Judy who starts off innocent but is basicly the rise and fall of the two. I don't know much of Rachael Bella's work, she doesn't seem to be acting in a lot now, but I like her character in contrast to Furlong'. This movie is all about the two.
If you want to watch a "criminals in love" film, then I think this is my favorite out there. I might be lying as I can't think of all that many more, but odds are that this is still one I will rank high. Most people have ignored the film because of Edward Furlong. Yes, a lot of his recent films are junk but I still think his acting is very unique and "Jimmy & Judy" is one film where he really shines. Every actor in this out-did themselves, even the perverted parents of Jimmy's, and that's what makes this one a good movie. A good, depressing movie.