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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

Cast: Gemma Jones, Pauline Collins, Anthony Hopkins, more...
Director: Woody Allen
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy, Romance
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

Synopsis
Two couples find their lives turned upside down by their unfulfilled longings in this ensemble comedy from director Woody Allen. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones) have been married for years. They have a grown-up daughter named Sally (Naomi Watts), who is married to a successful novelist named Roy (Josh Brolin), but finds the future of her marriage in jeopardy after falling for Greg (Antonio Banderas), the dapper owner of a prominent art gallery. Meanwhile, as Roy develops a fixation on Dia (Freida Pinto), an exotic beauty he encounters on the street, Alfie ditches Helena for Charmaine (Lucy Punch), an impressionable young call girl. Now it seems that the harder everyone tries runs away from their problems, the faster their lives seem to fall apart. ~ Jason Buchanan, AMG

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This is a Woody Allen film? by mkaliher2 March 15, 2011 - 9:08 PM PDT
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I realize the Woody Allen franchise will rake in the money, and his reputation will survive, even if the film is a dog. But you've got to be kidding. After Vicky Cristina Barcelona, I expected something at least clever and entertaining. But VCB had a script, the chemistry of Penelope Cruz with Javier Bardem, and newcomer Rebecca Hall if that wasn't enough.

But You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger has none of that, and doesn't even measure up to Match Point, light weight fare that was saved by Emily Mortimer and the element of suspense. All we get is a tortured script that seems to be chasing its own tail, and paper-thin characters--pretentious, self-absorbed, whining elites as Allen apparently imagines middle class people like see them. And the clichés! The thirty-something novelist anxiously waiting to hear from his publisher. Will he recreate his earlier minor success? And the codger who turns sugar daddy for a floozy half his age so he can start a second family (and, get this, father a son to replace the beloved one who died). Will the Viagra and his bank account be enough to keep her, despite his waning virility?

Can you let up on the clichés, Mr. angst-ridden TV comedian-turned-auteur? Can we please have a real script? And some talent like Cruz, Bardem, Hall, and Mortimer, who know how to make a real script work?




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