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Prime
     

Prime

3.5 7
Director: Ben Younger

Cast: 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

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2006
UPC:
0025192630729
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
34,269

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
2. Coming Alive Again (Main Titles) [5:38]
1. Nice to Meet You [4:47]
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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