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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger back to product details

This is a Woody Allen film?
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written 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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