Video Review: Carly Rae Jepsen “Tonight I’m Getting Over You”

A film reel counts down to one. A young man runs on the beach and gives a smug grin to the camera. On the top of a building, he puts his hood up on his sweatshirt as Carly Rae Jepsen sits on the opposite side. They hug and she takes off his hat. He laughs as he tries to get it from her.

She sits on the couch and moves closer to him. As he reads, she kisses his cheek. While on top of his shoulders, she reads his book. She falls on the couch and they kiss. In bed, she watches him sleep. They have a pillow fight. He kisses her as she stands against a building in the city. She puts a pair of sunglasses on him as they shop and spins the torso of a mannequin around.

They eat a diner. He offers her a doughnut. She opens her mouth and he takes it away. She grins and throws some of her food at him. As they leave, she kicks his butt with her foot. They argue on the rooftop.

Against a coal grey background, she jumps and remains suspended in air. Back in bed, she rests her head on his chest. He walks in slow motion against the coal grey background and jumps. At night, she sits backwards in the passenger seat as he drives. Back against the coal grey background, they both jump and stay in the air. A cross made of flowers is seen.

She watches the television as he gets off the bus. She sits in the bathtub, running her hand along the wall. He looks out the window of her apartment. She places her head on the dining table and plays with her eggs in the dish. She calls him on the phone. He sits on the platform of the staircase in her apartment building and presses her floor in the elevator. He knocks on her door. They kiss in her apartment.

As they drive in the tunnel, she sits up and raises her hands in the air.

Rating: 3.5/5

Carly Rae Jepsen pushes her scrambled eggs from one side of the plate to the other. Staring at the phone, she promises herself not to call the young man. She didn’t have to check in with him about her feelings. They were friends with benefits after all. She could do whatever she wanted.

However, she wanted an actual relationship with him. He spent most of her time at her apartment. She gave him a drawer and some closet space. He insisted they keep it casual. She mentions she’s been talking with another guy and that he seems nice. They have a date over the weekend and says she won’t be able to see him. He freaked out on her.  She told him he had no business telling her what to do since they weren’t really a couple. He took things and took off.

She paces around the kitchen. They should talk and discuss things. Although she was determined to move on, she tried to have some hope. He had disappointed her before. They had stopped their arrangement for a year while he dated someone else. It was rough and she couldn’t even speak to him. He messaged her and she ignored him. When he broke up with the girlfriend, she let out a sigh of relief and started talking to him again.

On the phone, he asks her what’s wrong. She says she doesn’t want to go out with the other guy and only wants to be with him. She rushes out that she understands if it’s something he doesn’t want. He says he wants them to be an official couple. She asks him if he wants to run some errands with her. He says he’ll be there in ten minutes.

Director: N/A Year: 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBOE1aUNZVo

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University and has been published in the White Wall Review.