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Le Divorce

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
3 out of 10
Extras Rating:
N/A out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Kate Hudson as Isabel Walker
Naomi Watts as Roxeanne de Persand (Roxy)
Jean-Marc Barr as Maître Bertram
Leslie Caron as Suzanne de Persand
Stockard Channing as Margeeve Walker
Glenn Close as Olivia Pace
Romain Duris as Yves
Stephen Fry as Piers Janely
Samuel Labarthe as Antoine de Persand
Thomas Lennon as Roger Walker
Thierry Lhermitte as Edgar Cosset
Daniel Mesguich as Louvre Expert
Matthew Modine as Tellman
Bebe Neuwirth as Julia Manchevering
Melvil Poupaud as Charles-Henri de Persand

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)
Full Screen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 117 Minutes

Synopsis:
Isabel Walker is a film school dropout heading to Paris to visit her very pregnant sister, Roxeanne de Persand (or Roxy). Unfortunately just as Isabel arrives, Roxy's French husband walks out on her for another woman. As Isabel consoles her sister, she soon falls under the spell of France. She dresses better, cuts her hair, and buys fancy clothes. She also becomes the mistress of her former brother-in-law's uncle. As Isabel sorts through her new romance, Roxy begins going through her bitter divorce proceedings. At the center of the dispute is a famous painting that belongs to the Walker family.

Le Divorce is rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and sexual content.

The Movie:
"Le Divorce" is a slow, plodding movie that features a chick flick storyline that I generally don't care for. This movie had very little chance of charming me, and sure enough it didn't.

At about 2 hours long, the story moves at a very slow pace. It is also in both English and French, so it's tedious going back and forth between the two. Ads for this film tout it as a "hip, romantic comedy". In reality, there's very little funny about it. It features a divorce, adultery, suicide, and murder. Of course, those are all the elements of a romantic comedy.

The cast is undeniably good. You have Naomi Watts (soon to be featured in King Kong), Kate Hudson, Stockard Channing, Bebe Neuwirth, Glenn Close, and Law & Order favorite Sam Waterston. All are excellent in their roles. The only problem is that even their talents aren't going to make this movie appealing to anyone who prefers guy movies.

Le Divorce is a well made, well acted movie, but it just didn't suit my personal tastes. Anyone into chick flicks will enjoy it more than me. That being said, this has more drama than comedy, contrary to what the promos might lead you to believe.

The Extras:
There are no extras on this DVD.

The Bottom Line:
Ladies, you might like to check out Le Divorce. Men, flee for your lives.

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