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THE INTERPRETER

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The Interpreter

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
129 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/22/05
performer:
Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener
director:
Sydney Pollack
distributor:
Universal
author:
Scott Frank, Charles Randolph, Steven Zaillian
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

In the strongest parts of her first novel, Kim compellingly describes the nuances of Korean immigrant life by exploring the consciousness of 29-year-old Suzy Park, the Americanized daughter of New York City grocers who died in an unsolved murder. Unfortunately, her launching pad for these observations amounts to nothing more than a bungled noir: While the main plot is driven almost wholly by coincidence, the subplots reek of hyperbole and caricature. (Because she slept with a professor, Suzy has ”ruined the most celebrated marriage of academia,” and her Gay Best Friend is a piece of flaming cardboard.) It’s hard to hear Kim’s voice over the clanging cliches.