Rachel (Piper Perabo) and Hector (Matthew Goode), are the idea couple: young, successful, and deeply in love. Lifelong friends turned lovers, it seems as if their relationship is set in stone, and Imagine Me & You actually opens on their wedding day, but what at first glance plays out like it’s going to be the story of newlyweds takes a sharp turn when Rachel locks eyes with Luce (Lena Headey), her wedding florist, for the first time. Though the ceremony goes off without a hitch, Rachel is left with something that she’s never had before: doubt as to whether or not Hector really is her perfect match.
Panicked at her burgeoning feelings for the woman whom she only exchanged a few words with at her wedding, yet desperate to spend time with her, Rachel does what any rational person would do: she tries to set Luce up with her bachelor friend, Cooper (Darren Boyd). Though Luce does not want to break up a marriage and Rachel does not want to hurt her best friend, the two find themselves throw together more and more, on occasion by Hector, who knows that Luce is a lesbian, but is totally secure in he and Rachel’s relationship. With each new encounter, their connection and desire for one another grows, both of them curious and terrified to explore things further.
The truth has a funny (and often, inconvenient way) of coming out, and just like Rachel’s coming out (to herself, her husband, and her family), the road is very rocky. Perabo (who gave a mind-blowing performance as a teen lesbian in Lost and Delirious four years prior to this) is charming and adorable as Rachel, fully believable in both her lust and confusion, while Headey is compelling and intoxicating as Luce, an experienced older woman who is navigating uncharted waters. Light enough to be enjoyable and heavy enough to not be lacking in substance, Imagine Me & You is not just a great date night movie, a great coming out story, and a beautiful romance, but it’s a drama worth re-watching over and over again.
I give this one 4.75 stars.