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“When Rafi (Uma Thurman), a 37-year-old divorcee, meets David (Bryan Greenberg), a 23-year-old painter, it’s love at first sight. But that love gets complicated – fast – when Rafi discovers that David is also the son of her therapist (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep). Rafi’s about to discover that professional help is going to get very personal. Join the delightful, entertaining comic hit that critics are calling “a funny and very sexy comedy” (Jess Cagle, WCBS/People Magazine).”
Prime is rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual content including dialogue, and for language.
Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep are the main reasons that Prime works when it does. Any time they are on screen together is when the movie is working best. The gradual change in their relationship from patient and therapist to mother and son’s girlfriend is masterfully done. Watching Meryl squirm as Rafi describes her physical and emotional relationship with her son is hilarious. The conflicting messages that Streep sends out as therapist and mother are also the source of a lot of laughs. Unfortunately Streep’s role becomes less and less as the film progresses. We really needed to see her at the end.
The rest of the cast isn’t as impressive. Bryan Greenberg is particularly weak as David Bloomberg, Uma’s younger love interest. They keep going on and on about how funny and mature he is, but I didn’t see it at all. It seems to me he was very miscast in the role. The rest of the supporting cast isn’t much better. The only notable one was Jon Abrahams as Morris. He plays the wacky friend that throws pies in the faces of girlfriends he breaks up with. Unfortunately that’s all that’s interesting about him.
Prime is a film filled with a lot of potential but it just falls short of it. Still, writer/director Ben Younger shows a lot of promise and I look forward to seeing what else he does.
A few deleted scenes are also included. One amusing scene shows Rafi looking at a covered painting in David’s room. I won’t ruin the surprise here, but the painting is strikingly bizarre. There are also some more scenes with Morris and some other minor moments. The outtakes also contain a lot of adlibs by the actors and dialogue flubs. One funny scene shows Thurman spitting out food. Another shows her cracking up with Streep.
The final bonus feature is “Prime-Time Players”, your standard “making of” video. It features interviews with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, and more. Writer/Director Ben Younger is praised extensively for his talent and calm on the set.
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