Melissa Rose Bernardo
July 06, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Puccini for Beginners

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
82 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/02/07
performer
Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Gretchen Mol
director
Maria Maggenti
distributor
Strand Releasing
author
Maria Maggenti
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a C+

Director Maria Maggenti says it best in the commentary for Puccini for Beginners: ”This is a talky movie about self-absorbed people in New York City.” Allegra (Elizabeth Reaser) falls for a perky glassblower (Mol) and a brainy professor (Kirk) — ex-lovers themselves. Unfortunately, the romantic entanglements are more exhausting than intriguing. EXTRAS The commentary, however, is full of fun footnotes: Mol actually made a pretty glass paperweight; her mom’s painting hangs in Allegra’s living room; Maggenti’s apartment served as the main set. C+

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