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PRIME: Andrew Schwartz

Prime

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
105 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/28/05
performer:
Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg
director:
Ben Younger
distributor:
Focus Features
author:
59170
genre:
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a C-

There’s awkward funny, as in NBC’s hit The Office, and then there’s awkward awkward, as in Prime, a hackneyed romantic dramedy from writer-director Ben Younger. Of course, Uma Thurman glows as Rafi, a 37-year-old divorcée who falls for a sexy 23-year-old. And Meryl Streep effortlessly kvetches as the therapist who discovers her Jewish son’s girlfriend is her gentile patient. But any potential for a smart comedy is quashed by clumsy dialogue like this overshare between Rafi and her therapist/beau’s mom: ”His penis is so beautiful I just want to knit it a hat.”

EXTRAS
Not prime enough. Commentary with Younger and producer Jennifer Todd details the Yiddishisms and NYC settings, as well as how they got permission to reproduce a Rothko painting. A making-of reveals the story’s weak autobiographical roots and that Streep believes Younger has ”the confidence of an older soul.” That’s a compliment, right?

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