“Worst Person” the Best Movie Out There

I remember seeing the trailer for this movie last year and thinking, “This looks like an ode to late-twenties selfishness. Puke.” But, then I thought: Isn’t that exactly the time when someone should be selfish, especially when it comes to relationships? Isn’t that exactly the time we are supposed to date in person (or online), and fail, fail, fail, want, and need?

We watch our protagonist, Julie (Renate Reinsve), interweave through career choices and relationships with an indecisiveness both understandable and cringeworthy (thus relatable to anyone who didn’t settle soon after college). She may always be moving to the beat of her own drum, but at least she is moving forward.  

The Worst Person in the World is about second guessing when other lives are at stake, self-reflective regret, and maybe some missing gratitude. No one is perfect, and neither is this movie, but where it shines is in the sunrise eyes of Reinsve and her ability to conjure sympathy and disappointment. Where it dims is in the neatly wrapped conclusion of a morality lesson.

Life is much messier than this, and I wanted the movie to linger in the gray of its designed principles. At least it knows that the “grass is always greener,” and because it’s a movie, it does the right thing by metaphorically hitting the pause button and allowing its characters (and audience) the chance to open what is behind door #2.  

Renate Reinsve and Anders Danielsen tackle everything from cartoons, having kids, intellectualism vs. passion, and death (of course)

The introductory vignettes display like Annie Hall souvenirs but in a contemporary Oslo, Norway, where the ups and downs of dating are just as lighthearted, aggravating, and painful. There aren’t many other comparisons, and this is a good thing: The Worst Person in the World is a refreshing take on making the wrong choices until we know how to make them right.

I don’t get many things right the first time.

In fact, I am told that a lot.

Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles, and falls

Brought me here.”

“The Luckiest,” Ben Folds

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    1. Thanks for reading, “Quickflick!” Here yah go… 5 flicks in which I “expected little to nothing and ended up diggin’” – Good Time, Force Majeure, Sorcerer, The Best Offer, and The Puffy Chair. I gotta hear yours!


  1. I haven’t seen this yet but I do remember it… I haven’t seen anything recently except for Friday night…IMAX…The Beatles rooftop concert

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        1. So glad Bailey is back! Licorice Pizza was just okay for me, but it’s definitely better than most of the crap that’s out there right now, and the millennials are eating it up.

          Ended my 5k yesterday to “Baby Blue.” The emotions and guitar solo always kick it into the next gear for me 🙂

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    1. Great movie and great comparison! Thank you for reading, Harshi, and have a great rest of your Sunday. Did you ever see 500 Days of Summer? An inferior film next to these two, but I kept thinking about it while watching “Worst” because no matter how much we might avoid them, all relationships have “stages,” and the in-between moments kind of make or break the next opportunity, no matter how easy or difficult.

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          1. The past two days I went retro…yesterday I saw a 1931 film …Bad Girl. Very interesting. Abd don’t judge me, but I saw Rashomon for the first time

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            1. Going retro and respecting the groundbreakers is so important to any movie lover. We wouldn’t be watching what we’re watching without them. I never saw Bad Girl, but Rashomon is my Kurosawa fave. I’m in the minority, but I thought The Last Duel was a shameless ripoff of this movie, and it wasn’t even very good at being that (ha!).

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            2. I haven’t watched Last Duel yet. I make a deal with myself to watch as many Oscar nominated films as possible (for the record I don’t watch the ceremony…just the films) Bad Girl was interesting…it’s about this woman who tells guys she’s married because she hates getting hit on…then meets a guy who doesn’t flirt with her so she of course pursues him. Lots of male/female miscommunication…but interesting

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            3. Haha, I don’t watch the ceremony either, and I haven’t since Saving Private Ryan was nominated for Best Picture but not Steven Spielberg for Best Director. That logic is so inconsistent and continues to this day that along with the politics and lack of diversity, I’m just done with them. Bad Girl sounds really good! I’m adding it to my Watchlist. Do you have a Letterboxd account? I’m much older than the millennials, but I like their creation.

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            1. Good to know. I’m directing our current highs school musical, so time for movies has dwindled, but I will definitely stay connected with you and your viewings. I’m not a huge comic book/superhero fan, but there’s something intriguing about The Batman. I’ll be in touch for sure 🙂

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