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Issue: Summer 2005-6

Prime movie review

When recently divorced Rafi (Uma Thurman) meets and starts dating David, a younger man (Bryan Greenberg), her therapist (Meryl Streep) is encouraging. What a positive step, what a life-affirming action. Of course, when the therapist's son reveals that he is seeing an older woman, she sings a different tune...

Therapist Lisa Metzger is a New York Jewish mother. For some reason, perhaps to do with the Jewish culture, perhaps with the American culture, she believes that a twenty-something man is still an unformed child. If he is, that's not a credit to her. Since when did twenty-something become the new teenager?

Movie poster; Prime; Festivale film review; 220x326

Movie poster; Prime
A therapeutic new comedy.

Prime is a heart-warming romance, a fun mentoring relationship between therapist and patient, and a quirky mother-and-son story.

Set firmly in New York, Prime enjoys the city and the kinds of places where people live and work. It has the advantage of having a writer-director, Ben Younger. A single person in the two roles, if both are done well, gives a film a unity that if difficult to attain when the vision of the screenwriter is brought to the screen through the eyes and mind of a separate director. This is not to say that the director butting into the writing process is necessarily a good thing -- that can confuse the message. However in cases such as this where the writer is the director, the message and direction of the film is clear and the audience can relax and enjoy the tale.


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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 17 November 2005
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Title: Prime (2005)
Written by: Ben Younger
Directed by: Ben Younger
running time: 105 mins
rating: M

The Players: Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg, Annie Parisse

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