Free Samples is this movie I watched for the first time in 2012 and enjoyed. I’ve seen it a couple more times afterward, even sometime recently. It’s one of the inconspicuous movies Jesse Eisenberg has played in. He is the Now You See Me actor that played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, the Facebook movie, in case you aren’t sure exactly if Jesse’s name rung any bell.
His movies, for me, are enjoyable. If you can just ignore his know-it-all smirk and smug-edgy profile roles, which makes me think he characteristically selects movie scripts for the kind of movies he wishes to be seen in, as so far he’s basically opted for roles where he’s been captured as witty, introspective and cheekily super-smart, which really is how he appears to be outside the movie world. I’ve watched him being interviewed and wow, he’s just so eloquent and driven you’d appear diminutive if you were together with him. He’s that type of friend you may just want to yell hi from a distance but walk faster so he doesn’t catch up with you.
Forget his presence in movies like American Ultra (a highly-trained CIA killing machine agent. Can you picture that dude acting super tough with guns and kicking stuff?!) and Batman vs Superman, he doesn’t always go for high profile movies. Infact some of the movies he’s played in, even recently, are low budget indie films that didn’t get lots of buzz on the internet. He was the lead actor in Why Stop Now, which I doubt you heard about or seen. A 2012 movie where he was a piano prodigy. See him go on the piano. He was just… sigh. Free Samples too, is also one of those low-key films.
His role in it was little. He wasn’t a lead or a supporting actor, still, a significant role. If you haven’t seen it and you’re the car-chase, less talk-more action kind of movie person, don’t bother seeing it. It’s a good movie, but it’s kind of slow-paced, in a good way. But i know there are few people like me that can enjoy such.
It’s one of those movies where the entire span of the movie was just played out on a day. You’d see detailed activities that directors would normally skip. Just like when you see a character in an office setting scene, of course you know he took a shower, picked an outfit from a rack of clothes in his dress shelf and then drove to work or took a cab. We don’t need to see all that to believe he does all that before getting to work every day. Do you get?
I don’t know how to give reviews about movies, but here’s one I read about this Free Samples movie that resonates well with me and I think it sums up pretty much how the movie is.
535th Review: A nice small movie about honesty and ice- cream…. 6 /10
Free samples is what an indie movie should be: small, quirky interesting, more character than action – about real life rather than just imagination. It’s a film that requires little effort to enjoy but is full of little vignettes that leap off the screen. All in all, I for one enjoyed this more than many big-budget movies: the characters have something to say, the comedy is nicely observed, it’s well shot with a great sense of slacker pace about it and it has a charm of its own. Seriously, a nice gentle comedy set around one day of looking after an artificial ice-cream van (so free samples) with some vitriol in the exchanges – the whole thing comes across as ten times more honest than most comedies and this is one I would warmly recommend.
Like it already?
The point of this movie advertisement is just to relay a conversation that ensued between Jesse (Tex) and Jess Weixler (Jillian, the lead actress. the movie was about) in the movie.
Jillian: You got your masters in literature right?
Jillian: Ok…answer me this…
– If I avert devotion then I’m faith-less
But if I’m filled with hope then I’m faith-ful
Tex: Yea.. that’s right.
–And if I go to the dentist for like a simple cleaning then that’s pain-less
But if I get a root canal then that’s pain-ful
Jullian: Ok. Now.
-If I do anything to get what I want, then that is ruth-less,
But if I actively don’t pursue anything, then is that ruth-ful?
Tex: snickers I see
Jillian: Do you?
I mean who’s this ruth person and why does her name work in one context and not another?
Tex: err… I don’t know..
.. but i will have an answer for you tonight!
(he’s asked her on a date 2ce but she kept negating).
(Over dinner that night at a Mexican restaurant)
Tex: erm… oh… ruthless.
It’s not actually based on errr a conniving woman named Ruth. It’s actually a variation on the word rue as in R-U-E which means to have compassion or pity for.
So if you are ruthless, it means you have no pity for or unto others.
Boring? I’m sorry. That’s actually all I wanted to point out. Lol. I like that part. It was a twist. He explained it by defining it which ofcourse she wasn’t expecting. If you watched (and not read) that part and saw the facial variations on him and his super-fast talk thing in that scene alone, the overall awkwardness and her smile all through as she listened and realized he looked the word up in a dictionary for her… good movie.
Again I’m sorry. Carry on with your day.