Run Run It’s Him (2014) – By Kirsten Walsh

“He’s 29 years old with four memberships at adult video stores, 55 tapes of compiled porn, and absolutely nothing to show for it: no girlfriend, no ambition, only a big stack of porn.

Enter RUN RUN IT’S HIM, an autobiographical documentary exploring in intimate detail how Matthew’s addiction to porn has warped his understanding of women and dominated his personal relationships.

Shot over the course of 7 years, RUN RUN IT’S HIM follows Matthew as he interviews his parents, ex-girlfriends, female acquaintances, and a fellow porn connoisseur, struggling to figure out what went wrong before it’s too late.”

With movies like “Don Jon”(2013) and “Unhung Hero”(2013) playing in the popular eye of today’s adult generation, it appears that Matthew Pollack was ahead of his time. For a film that was shot over 7 years, Matthew spent that time digging in his life for what is now a common topic of conversation, but once was extremely taboo. It is highly intriguing, considering that this reviewer is a female, to watch a film about a guy talking about his youthful obsession with porn. It is also a slight disturbing. But from a psychological standpoint, you can’t pull your eyes away from the screen. Shot on what appears to be a hand held “old school” camera, the film cuts between interviews with his friends and family and retro porn videos, playing out a seemingly tragic existence of a youth in Canada.

While the style of cinematography is definitely dated to a mid 90’s type of film, it carries a maturity that doesn’t age. The use of porn clips and scenes from the 70’s and 80’s show Matthew’s age, but also let the audience into his experience as he narrates through his life. The camera angles are hard to discuss with the understanding of a documentary like this, but his camera crew does a great job of utilizing a steady hand, and not causing the nausea effect that found footage and practical documentaries can cause.

Of course, with most documentaries, the lighting isn’t set up in an artistic fashion, but more of a practical manner. The sound is also not seamless, but it is completely understandable, and even subtitled for Matthew’s father who speaks in a hushed tone. It is hard to tell if the music throughout the film was composed for the documentary or if it was carried over from the porn films. Either way, like the reenactments, it sets a great tone for the film. A tone of humor, despair, and determination, serenaded by the cheesy porn rifts of the 70’s.

The reenactments that he performs throughout the film are humorous and really showcase Matthew’s understanding of what makes a good documentary. He reenacts scenes of getting his first porn tape from a neighbor, walking through the college courtyard with his first real girlfriend (a hilarious moment), and a handful of other funny moments that really set the tone of the film.

Following Matthew in his story, he truly bares all (and I mean all) of his inner demons through the narration, exposing stories that most young men would only reveal to their best bros in an extremely drunken stupor! It is obvious several minutes in that the narration was not scripted, which gives the film an overall real feeling, as if he was the boy next door, staring out the window at the neighbor changing into her nightgown. Of course, he wasn’t. He was too busy watching porn in his living room!

The statement from the synopsis film which most people would take as a main plotpoint isn’t truly prevalent until halfway through the film- where Matthew begins digging into his past relationships with women and trying to figure out what went wrong in each one. The fact that he was able to get into his ex-girlfriends’ houses is one feat, to actually get them to dissect their relationship is another. It is hard not to feel bad for Matthew as you learn more about him! Poor guy!

Matthew walked a fine line between obscenity and taste with this documentary, and definitely gave me insight into the male psyche. The porn scenes, while somewhat extreme in certain circumstances, really add to the character of the film and the definition of Matthew as a person and a character. The plot really didn’t carry a strong main line throughout the film, but it falls into the category of documentaries that deal with a general subject- in this instance, the subject of Matthew as a growing man, dealing with his sexual conquests, failure, and addiction. The best thing about this film is its honesty. Its unabashed truthfulness and reality really sets it apart, and brings the audience closer to Matthew as a character.

Would I watch this film again? This is one film that I think one time is enough for me. It was good, but I would definitely not watch this film in a room with my parents!

Want to see the film? You can purchase it on the website: http://www.runrunitshim.com and you can check out more information about Matthew and the film on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Run-Run-Its-Him/140063566056578