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Prime (2005)

Cast: Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, more...
Director: Ben Younger, Ben Younger
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Studio: Universal Studios
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Two women get a new and unusual perspective on the doctor/patient relationship in this romantic comedy. Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) is a woman in her mid-thirties who has recently gone through a messy divorce. Rafi has been seeing an analyst, Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), as she struggles to get back on her feet emotionally and look for new love. Rafi meets a man named David Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg), and the two quickly hit it off, but Rafi isn't sure if she should pursue the relationship, since David is only 23 years old. After discussing the burgeoning romance during one of their weekly sessions, Lisa urges Rafi to take a plunge with David, and not be afraid to seek out the companionship she needs. However, there's something about David that Lisa doesn't know -- he's her son. Rafi doesn't know that Lisa is David's mother, either, and both psychiatrist and patient are thrown for a loop when they learn the truth. Prime was originally intended to star Sandra Bullock as Rafi, but she dropped out of the project shortly before filming began, reportedly due to disagreements with the director over the script, with Thurman taking her place. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Older Woman/Younger Man/Younger Director: Good Combo by talltale February 23, 2006 - 3:46 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
What's with critics today? The dismissive reviews handed out to Ben Younger's PRIME will most likely deprive intelligent moviegoers from discovering an extremely rewarding film. Detailing with wit, humor and surprisingly rich sentiment the romance that blooms between an older woman and younger man, the movie offers love, sex and family in a graceful, original manner.

Though first-week grosses were slim, there was a very small decline in the second week's receipts, which probably means that word-of-mouth is quite good--among those few lucky enough to find the film. Yes, there is little in-your-face slapstick or screaming out loud comedy to be found here, which is clearly what mass audiences want. But critics ought to be smart enough to realize when a movie is trying something original and subtle. With wonderful performances from Meryl Streep (no surprise), Uma Thurman (as good as she's ever been) and newcomer Bryan Greenberg, there is so much right about this look at men and women (young and older) and today's urban Jewish family that carping becomes unworthy.

I suspect you will be on the edge of your seat wondering how this tender and admirable relationship will resolve. To the enormous credit of writer/director Younger and his classy cast, the resolution points to more meanings and possibilities for love that most American films begin to imagine. This one's as rich as any European film. If you missed it in the theatre, rent!

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