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by Archives November 2, 2005

Grade: B+

A newly divorced woman turns to a shrink to help her in her time of need. While mourning her failed marriage, she starts falling reluctantly for a man fourteen years younger than she. Upon consulting her therapist for advice, she falls head-over-heels in a romance with the youngster. But both women are unaware that the young Casanova happens to be the shrink’s son.

Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep team up in Prime, the latest romantic comedy to assault our screens, providing the audience with a refreshingly classy, sexy, and sweet movie.

Prime offers a somewhat deeper approach to a genre that is usually all fluff.

Uma Thurman is surprisingly efficient in unfamiliar grounds, whereas Meryl Streep is her usual amazing self as a woman torn between her maternal preoccupations and professional etiquette.

One Tree Hill’s Bryan Greenber completes the cast as a Jewish boytoy desperately trying to prove that age should not interfere with love.

The chemistry between both veteran actresses works impressively well, giving way to some deliciously funny moments in which a woman confesses intimate details of her steamy affair to a woman she believes to be totally impartial. Poking fun at the latest trend in Hollywood, the film is a stunning gem of tongue-in-cheek humor.

Prime is entertaining in a superior way, blatantly refusing to turn to easy vulgar punchlines to draw laughs from an audience that cannot help but succumb to the flick’s charm.

Tackling subjects that might have otherwise been considered taboo, Prime openly discusses – and celebrates – cultural, religious, and age-differences in such an ingenuous fashion that it makes it altogether impossible to resist movie.

Although the ending will most surely disappoint teenage girls by shattering the Disney illusion, the movie offers a much-needed reality check that life is not always as easy as we wish it were… even in movies.

With all this, Prime might very well turn out to be this season’s feel-good movie, as it combines all the elements of an antidote to the seasonal blues.

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