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Starting Out in the Evening

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Frank Langella, Starting Out in the Evening

Starting Out in the Evening

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
111 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/23/07
performer:
Lauren Ambrose, Frank Langella, Lili Taylor
director:
Andrew Wagner
distributor:
Roadside Attractions
author:
Fred Parnes, Andrew Wagner
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

At first glance, Starting Out in the Evening is a typical film about a quintessentially nontypical relationship: the May-December romance. Lauren Ambrose plays a young litterateur looking to revive the reputation of a once-famous novelist (Frank Langella). But while the sight of the two tiptoeing around their romantic tension causes discomfort, Langella manages to convey tenderly the indignities of old age, when everything — mind, talent, and body — threatens to desert you. EXTRAS An exhausting commentary in which director Andrew Wagner dissects each character’s every motivation. B