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Town & Country (2001)

Director:
Peter Chelsom 
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Town & Country
RUNNING TIME
104 minutes
Producer:
Simon Fields
Andrew S. Karsch
Fred Roos
Screenwriters:
Michael Laughlin
Buck Henry


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Porter Stoddard Warren Beatty
Ellie Stoddard Diane Keaton
Eugenie Claybourne Andie MacDowell
Griffin Miller Garry Shandling
Auburn Jenna Elfman
Alex Nastassja Kinski
Mona Miller Goldie Hawn
Eugenie's Father Charlton Heston
Tom Stoddard Josh Hartnett
Alice Stoddard Tricia Vessey

 

Review

Town & Country is a great example of how bad publicity can ruin not only a film's box office performance, but also its critical reception and subsequent reputation. I won't claim that critics are biased, but I will claim that the state of affairs between filming of Town & Country started in 1998 until it finally was released in 2001 didn't help the overall reception of the film.

Starting off with falling into line: the film is somewhat abruptly edited, it is largely idiotic and it has a script that is a bit all over the place. But the two latter arguments does more good than harm for Town & Country. The carefree lack of a thin red thematical line here does wonders for its little discussions which otherwise easily could have come off as something you pull off an almost static production line. A situational comedy about sex and infidelity is something we've seen before - but not quite like this, with ageing swansinging stars, with illogicalities and peculiarities like dancing polar bears and swearing old ladies in wheelchairs, and numerous tasteless and inconceivable segments that freshen up this amusing little film. Because this is a little film - no matter how much it cost. And it is a film with spirit, albeit a wavering one.

Copyright 31.8.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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