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Review written on: February 22nd, 2006

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First of all, it’s super-weird watching a movie where Uma doesn’t smash someone’s face in. Other than that, I really enjoyed this movie. Uma Thurman plays Rafi, a recently divorced 37-year-old Manhattanite. I love Uma in this role – she’s emotional, she’s beautiful, she’s fun. Bryan Greenberg plays David, the 23-year-old painter Rafi meets a week after her divorce is finalized. The two start dating and are getting along really well despite the age difference. Then the problems start….David’s mother is Jewish and wants him to marry a Jewish girl. She’s also not so happy about Rafi being four years older than David (he lied about her age to his mother) . She doesn’t even want to meet Rafi. Problem is….she already has….as her patient. David’s mother is a therapist, and just happens to be Rafi’s therapist (played by Meryl Streep). So she has heard all about the great sex Rafi and her new guy have been having all over Rafi’s apartment, before she figures out that Rafi is dating her son. To preserve her doctor/patient relationship, she doesn’t tell Rafi, but continues with their therapy sessions.

The movie is a little painful or uncomfortable to watch at times, since it’s the story of the rises and falls of a relationship. But it’s still interesting to go along for the ride. Bryan Greenberg was perfect casting for this role. He’s innocent and genuine, and he’s handsome, but not in an intimidating way. At times he kind of reminds me of a very young David Boreanz, but less like a model and more real. Uma, of course, is fantastic. She truly becomes every role she’s cast in.

Overall, I liked the movie. I’m not so sure I enjoyed the ending as much as the rest of the movie, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone. As a side note, this is not a chick flick. It’s more of a study in the art of relationships.

I’d definitely say add it to your Netflix list right now.

 

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