In 'Everyone Else', Echoes of 'The Blue Lagoon'

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Everyone Else is a wonderfully sensual film about Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr) and her boyfriend Chris (Lars Eidinger) who are vacationing at his parents' luxurious villa on the island of Sardinia. Chris' sister is also at the home. Gitti is the nanny and an unusual one at that. At one point she says to the sister's daughter, a young girl about five years old, "If you hate me, shoot me." When the child pretends to do so, Gitti falls into the adjacent swimming pool and plays dead to frighten the little girl.

Chris' sister and her family depart the villa. Gitti and Chris are very physical with one another and also constantly probe one another with questions. He asks her if she finds him masculine enough. While all appears sunny and wholesome for the most part, the ending in a brusque, unexpected, and unbelievable way changes everything.

I won't divulge the details other than to say it didn't work for me or add to the film. In fact, it detracted from it. Nevertheless, the prior sensuality exhibited in a wonderfully wholesome way made the movie more than worth seeing. In this season of terrible films, one that is 90 percent satisfactory isn't bad.

Former New York City Councilmember Henry Stern said: "The movie was eye-catching, both the half-naked young couple romping about and scenic Sardinia which, I learned, has rugged heights for rock climbing. Moody boy patronizes smitten girl, but both enjoy the sex. The plot is an implausible sequence of relatively unrelated events, making the movie almost picaresque as it wanders from scene to unrelated scene. The ending was so abrupt that it looked like the director had simply run out of film. The movie is a visual treat, but Everyone Else, which makes no sense as a title, should have been called Pretty Boy, Girl, and Island.

It was an adult version of The Blue Lagoon, Brooke Shields' breakout movie in 1980, also set on a lovely island.

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Ed Koch was mayor of NYC from 1978 to 1989. He's credited with restoring fiscal stability to the city and creating affordable housing. He's also a film buff. More

Mayor Koch saved New York City from bankruptcy and restored the pride of New Yorkers during his three terms as mayor from 1978-1989. He restored fiscal stability by placing the city on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget. He created a housing program that provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing and created New York City's first merit judicial selection system. Prior to being mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. He was drafted into the Army his last year of college and served with the 104th Infantry Division. He received two battle stars and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. He received his LL.B. degree from the New York University School of Law in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and hosts a call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR). Mr. Koch appears weekly on NY1 television and is the author of ten autobiographical books.

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