Thursday, June 4, 2009



Joaquin Phoenix: 30-something-year old Leonard Kraditor
Isabella Rossellini: his mother Ruth
Moni Moshonov: his father Reuben, owner of a NYC dry cleaning store
Bob Ari: Michael Cohen, Reuben's new business partner
Vinessa Shaw: his daughter Sandra
Gwyneth Paltrow: the Kraditor’s new neighbour Michelle
Elias Koteas: Ronald Blatt, partner in a law firm

Love is never easy. But it should not be this difficult. Nor should it take so many words; the dialog goes on forever just like a soap opera filling up the time between commercials while advancing the plot only incrementally.

But then when things finally do start moving, they do so at an incredulous breakneck speed (relation-wise I mean) because too much time has been frittered away up to that point. It needs a rewrite with more balance.

Which is a shame because there are some fine performances but it all seems wasted.

for language, some sexuality and brief drug use.

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