Allyssa Lee
June 25, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Good Year

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
118 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/10/06
performer
Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Marion Cotillard, Albert Finney, Freddie Highmore, Tom Hollander
director
Ridley Scott
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Marc Klein
genre
Drama

We gave it an C+

The author of ”A Year in Provence” has satiated readers for years with enticing passages on French joie de vivre. His latest novel is, quelle surprise, more of the same. Londoner Max Skinner — affluent, single, handsome — loses his cutthroat banking job and discovers he’s inherited a vineyard in the south of France…on the very same day. One doesn’t have to guess where Max, or the halfhearted plot (involving a shady sommelier and a bevy of beauties), ends up. It’s also no shock that Ridley Scott is already working on a film adaptation — the picturesque locales, attractive faces, and utter predictability (the dull title says it all) seem better suited for the big screen.

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