I Like Movies is a witty, coming-of-age drama by writer and director Chandler Levack’s. This Canadian comedy-drama film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2022 under the Discovery section.
Inspired by Chandler Levack’s experiences working at a video store as a teenager, this film is a love letter to Canada and its cinephile culture of the early 2000s. It follows the life of 17-year-old high schooler Lawrence Kweller, played by Canadian actor Isaiah Lehtinen, who gets a job at the local video store, Sequels.
Socially inept, Lawrence’s only friend at school is Matt, played by Percy Hynes White. Despite being best friends, Lawrence’s inability to filter his thoughts and speak anything that comes to mind sometimes irks Matt. When Lawrence gets a job as a video store clerk, their friendship becomes even more strained as Lawrence becomes self-involved and obsesses over movies.
As his high school graduation comes closer, Lawrence dreams of studying filmmaking. But before graduation, the school puts him and Matt in charge of making their year’s graduation video. When Lawrence fails to put work into the project, Matt has no choice but to seek help from their fellow classmate, Lauren. Lawrence disapproves of this addition, thus creating a rift between the friends.
As Lawrence fails to work on it, Matt invites their fellow classmate, Lauren, but Lawrence disapproves of this addition, creating a rift between the friends. Meanwhile, his fraught relationship with his mother and unstable family situation lead to Lawrence developing a complex relationship with his boss, Alana, played by Romina D’Ugo, who incidentally despises the movie industry.
This endearing coming-of-age comedy-drama was praised for Isaiah Lehtinen’s performance and Levack’s ability to create a narrative that is perfectly period-specific. Upon its wider release, the movie was named one of the 23 Best Canadian comedy films ever made by The Globe and Mail.
The film also won several awards at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards 2022 for Best Actor in a Canadian Film, Best Screenplay for a Canadian Film, Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film, and Best Canadian Film.
Where Was I Like Movies Filmed?
‘I Like Movies’ was primarily filmed around different parts of the Greater Toronto Area in 2020 under COVID-19 mandates. By luck, executive producer Victoria Lean discovered a vacant Blockbuster Video store in Owen Sound, Ontario.
The production was able to get time-specific props, such as old computers, shelves, and DVDs, from that store and used them to recreate the interior set for the sequel video store in the movie.
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