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Director: Ben Younger,

Cast: Ben Younger, Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg


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Two women get a new and unusual perspective on the doctor/patient relationship in this romantic comedy. Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) is a woman in her mid-thirties who has recently gone through a messy divorce. Rafi has been seeing an analyst, Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), as she struggles to get back on her feet emotionally and look for new love. Rafi meets a man named


Two women get a new and unusual perspective on the doctor/patient relationship in this romantic comedy. Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) is a woman in her mid-thirties who has recently gone through a messy divorce. Rafi has been seeing an analyst, Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), as she struggles to get back on her feet emotionally and look for new love. Rafi meets a man named David Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg), and the two quickly hit it off, but Rafi isn't sure if she should pursue the relationship, since David is only 23 years old. After discussing the burgeoning romance during one of their weekly sessions, Lisa urges Rafi to take a plunge with David, and not be afraid to seek out the companionship she needs. However, there's something about David that Lisa doesn't know -- he's her son. Rafi doesn't know that Lisa is David's mother, either, and both psychiatrist and patient are thrown for a loop when they learn the truth. Prime was originally intended to star Sandra Bullock as Rafi, but she dropped out of the project shortly before filming began, reportedly due to disagreements with the director over the script, with Thurman taking her place.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Misleadingly marketed as a romantic comedy, Prime has many funny moments -- some of them downright hilarious -- but it's also a somewhat sober commentary of the fragility of love. Uma Thurman portrays Rafi Gardet, a recently divorced 37-year-old who, while still feeling extremely vulnerable, falls in love with David Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg), a smart, handsome young man some 14 years her junior. Rafi describes the whirlwind affair in graphic detail to her therapist, Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), who's understandably squeamish about hearing the gory details: David is her son. Writer-director Ben Younger (Boiler Room) doesn't overlook the yarn's comedic possibilities; there are the customary farcical evasions followed by the inevitable discovery and the obligatory awkward dinner-table confrontation. But he puts a slightly different spin on these familiar set pieces. When Rafi learns that Lisa is her lover's mom, she isn't bemused but, rather, horrified by the disclosure; she feels betrayed by the therapist's initial lack of candor, and that betrayal inevitably contaminates her relationship with David. And unlike your typical romantic comedy, Prime sidesteps the obvious contrivances to end in a manner that does violence to genre conventions but seems more satisfying (not to mention more realistic). Thurman is perhaps a tad too glamorous to be totally convincing as a spurned wife, but she's a good enough actress to convey the surprise, despair, and vulnerability that accompany such domestic trauma. For her part, Streep imbues the therapist with just the right combination of intellectual heft and motherly angst. Both women contribute expert performances to this amiable film, which in its best moments recalls Woody Allen's great New York romances. It may not be Annie Hall or Manhattan, but Prime is a refreshing cut above the common romantic comedy.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Ben Younger's Prime fails as a credible romance, but has a pair of performances that make it somewhat worthwhile. Uma Thurman is an actress whose beauty consistently makes people underestimate her talent. She has made her thirtysomething divorcée thrillingly alive with the promise of a new love. During the therapy scenes where she discusses the joy and pleasure she gets from this new relationship, she quivers with such happiness that the audience will be swept along by her feelings. Thurman gets pitch-perfect support from Meryl Streep, who allows her therapist character to take a motherly pride on behalf of her patient, a maternal instinct that warps entertainingly when she learns the identity of her patient's boyfriend. Prime fails because the character of the young twentysomething lover is always either a perfect young man or a callous immature jerk. There is never a scene in which the actor (Bryan Greenberg) is forced to play these two poles of his character at the same time. He is always 100-percent selfish or 100-percent selfless, making it harder and harder to accept that Thurman would hang onto him for as long as she does seeing as her divorce has taught her when a relationship is dead. Prime is a well-acted film that fails to make losing love as interesting as discovering it.

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Special Features

Over 10 minutes of Irresistible deleted scenes; Hilarious bloopers and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Lisa Metzger
Uma Thurman Rafi Gardet
Bryan Greenberg David Bloomberg
Jon Abrahams Morris
Zak Orth Randall
Annie Parisse Katherine
Jerry Adler Actor
Doris Belack Actor
Madhur Jaffrey Actor
Aubrey Dollar Michelle

Technical Credits
Ben Younger Director,Screenwriter
Jim Black Musical Direction/Supervision
Kristina Boden Editor
Ted Chu Camera Operator
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Brad Jenkel Co-producer
Anthony Katagas Co-producer
Paul D. Kelly Art Director
Michael Lerman Asst. Director
Ellen Lewis Casting
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
William Rexer Cinematographer
Mark Ricker Production Designer
Ryan Shore Score Composer
Jennifer Todd Producer
Suzanne Todd Producer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Yari Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prime
1. Coming Alive Again (Main Titles) [4:47]
2. Nice to Meet You [5:38]
3. Dinner [4:43]
4. Big Difference [6:16]
5. Friends & Family [4:24]
6. It Could Be Love [4:19]
7. Discovery [5:32]
8. Eager to Please [5:16]
9. Problem with Mom [4:36]
10. My Place [8:00]
11. On the Clock [7:19]
12. Sex & Video Games [2:04]
13. Need to Talk [2:28]
14. Lost Trust [4:40]
15. Moving On [5:09]
16. Get Over It [3:11]
17. Missing You [3:04]
18. Learn Your Lesson [7:50]
19. Give Me a Chance [4:03]
20. "I Wish You Love" (End Titles) [4:19]


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Prime 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first, this movie sounded interesting and pretty good. However, it is a lead on and the movie itself does not have much of a plot. There is also no real ending. It is not worth to watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I didn't know better I would say this is an infomercial for all Jewish mothers who are really concerned that their sons marry nice Jewish girls, have Jewish kids….well you get the idea. Although this film is promoted for its sophisticated storyline, Meryl Streep adds the only charisma and sophistication to the entire film. Streep definitely outshines Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg in this film. In fact, she is the only person carrying it. Her acting is superb as always, and she delivers her lines with impeccable timing and emotion. Thurman and Greenberg, on the other hand, appear like two awkward teenagers throughout the film. They had zero chemistry, and Greenberg's acting fed nothing to Thurman for her to work off of. Greenburg, despite his dashing, cute puppy looks, could not carry the leading man role because he seemed afraid to take the reigns. But Thurman wasn't better off anyway it seemed like she was trying to take hold of her role throughout the entire film but she just couldn't get it right for some reason. Maybe the concept of the film was just too hard for her to work with, or maybe the script itself just gave her very little to begin with. Nonetheless, Rafi and Dave's dialog is trite, cliché, and very middle school at times. Everything they said to each other seemed expected of them and didn't add any new insights to their intellect, emotional maturity, or the maturity of the relationship. You could never really understand why the two were together besides the excitement from the age difference and the sexual exploration. Their romance unfolds in the most obvious and least charming fashion. The dates they go on seem unrealistic for a 37-year-old divorcée. (i.e. Underground rap clubs.) All of the romance that is supposed to touch you and bring you closer to the characters really just pushes you away because the scenes seemed force. And you can't help but notice that their relationship is based on a large part on sex, which doesn't add any dimension to the characters or the story. Perhaps this is why it is so hard to swallow anything when both Rafi and Dave claim that they love each other. Because you can't help but think that they're merely infatuated with each other and this new experience and that it's not really love at all. Despite the fact that Rafi insists to her therapist/Dave's mom that she is serious about this relationship, it is hard to believe because you see nothing that Rafi and Dave have in common besides art and even that link is iffy and seems tacked on just to draw some connection between them. Younger never gives the characters real dimension or qualities that would make the audience draw towards them, so when the film ends, you don't feel the connection with the characters that is needed for the ending to be felt the way Younger wants it to be felt. “Prime” is interesting enough to ask the right questions about age and relationships and the outcome of the decisions made. It also provides reasonable plot expectation for the audience and adds some twists here and there to surpass their expectation which concludes to a decent romantic-comedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is interesting, but the story is predictable and shallow. It is Meryl Streep's performance that made it funny and dimensional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked Prime. I thought it was Hillarious. My sister Brittany and my cousin Lauren went to go pick it up from Blockbuster. Merrel Streep was a great person for the role of Dr Lisa Metszger. In fact, She was my favorite Character in the film
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is unlike typical romance comedies in which the lead characters ended up together. This movie is based on reality, and reality is that sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, you don't end up with them due to circumstances out of your control.
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