If you love David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls as much as I do, you shouldn't miss the commentary on the DVD. David does the commentary with Paul Schneider, the co-writer and lead actor, and a few things are immediately apparent. First, David and Paul really enjoy talking about movies and telling old stories. Second, making All the Real Girls was a deeply personal experience for them. One of the movie's recurring points is that when you're young, your emotions go far past your ability to express them, and that slick Hollywood screenplays never seem to get this. And in the commentary it becomes clear that, for David, Paul, and all their friends that helped in the stages of the production, making this movie was a way (maybe the way) of expressing these emotions. As if, having made the movie, they can finally match words to feelings—but only by way of the visual and dramatic examples that they themselves created.
I have probably watched All the Real Girls ten or twelve times at intervals, maybe more. I get it out every few months when I don't have anything to do. As I've kept watching, I've started to see more ragged edges, but also more heart. Green's the kind of director where even his mistakes stick with you, who takes accidents and makes them work.
It's funny to see where these kids from NC School of the Arts have gotten to. Schneider was in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Lars and the Real Girl. David Gordon Green made Pineapple Express. And Danny McBride, who played Bust-Ass in All the Real Girls (as a first time actor!), was in Tropic Thunder.