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Wicker Park (2004)

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Josh Hartnett, Matthew Lillard, more...
Director: Paul McGuigan, Paul McGuigan
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Studio: MGM
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Directed by Paul McGuigan, Wicker Park follows Chicago businessman Matthew's (Josh Hartnett) return to Windy City life after having dedicated two years of his life to mourning his long lost love Lisa (Diane Kruger), who'd mysteriously vanished from his life. Things are finally looking up again for Matthew; his career is in full swing, and he's thinking of becoming engaged -- that is, until he thinks he's spotted his former lover in a restaurant. Almost immediately, Matthew puts the brakes on his marriage plans and his career in order to conduct an exhaustive search for his old flame. Obsessed, he barely notices the psychologically devastating trap his quest is leading him into -- a danger that only grows when he meets an enigmatic stranger (Rose Byrne). Wicker Park features Matthew Lillard and Jessica Paré in supporting roles. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Glum Remake With a Second-Tier Cast by talltale February 22, 2005 - 9:12 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Convoluted does not begin to describe WICKER PARK, a remake of the French film "L'Appartement" which I have not seen--but which boasts a cast that puts this American version to shame: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Sandrine Kiberlain and Monica Bellucci. (In the American version, they've named the much-used restaurant Bellucci's, in honor, I guess, of the much-missed Monica). A film with this many twists must move exceedingly fast in order to pull you along without your having time to re-think all its plot holes. "Wicker Park," for all its plot machinations and character surprises, manages to move like a glacier. You'll have time to dissect everything--and probably conclude, as early as halfway through, that there isn't much here. The American cast is lesser by far than the European predecessor: Josh Hartnett barely begins to have a character, Diane Kruger tries gamely (but the script gives her none) and Rose Byrne has too many. Only Matthew Lillard comes through, as usual, with energy and believability. Someday we'll get the French version on DVD and be able to compare. Meanwhile, proceed at your own risk.

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