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Prime (Widescreen Edition)

Uma Thurman , Meryl Streep    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Bolstered by an appealing cast and the comedic genius of Meryl Streep, Prime is an above-average "rom-com" that never stoops to compromise. The plot conceived by writer/director Ben Younger (Boiler Room) is a bit far-fetched, but once he's established that 37-year-old Gentile divorcee Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) is unknowingly dating the 23-year-old son (Bryan Greenberg) of her Jewish psychotherapist (played by Streep), the unlikely premise gets an intelligent workout, touching upon all of the issues that would realistically emerge as their dilemma is taken to its logical (or illogical) extremes. As a pair of genuinely devoted lovers in their sexual prime (hence the title), Thurman and Greenberg make this movie a constant joy to watch (and let's face it, Uma's utterly irresistible as an "older woman" who's looking for Mr. Right). But it's Streep's mastery of multi-layered expression and subtle comedic timing that makes Prime so engaging. Younger is also refreshingly resistant to easy solutions and conventional feel-good sentiment; he constantly steers Prime toward a sensible examination of a hazardous romance, never insulting the intelligence of his characters or his audience. The result is a mature, honest relationship comedy that never feels forced, but still offers plenty of good, solid laughs. --Jeff Shannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Formula with great acting Nov. 20 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Recently divorced Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) finds a hot new relationship with a much much much younger man. She tells all down to the nitty-gritty details to her therapist Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep) not knowing that Lisa is her lover's mother. The situation gets quite sticky.

People looking for something new or unique will be disappointed. For people that like the guy girl on and off again misunderstanding it has rarely been done better. The difference is that the main characters are not portrayed ad ditzy and the therapist is not portrayed as "She Devil." The fake Jewish thing may be a little annoying; however without it there would be no story.

If you buy the DVD do not for get to listen to the voice over commentary as it make the viewing experience richer just knowing what they were trying to accomplish. Did they succeed?
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By falcon
Format:DVD
Finally,a decent romantic comedy.not really a chick flick,but something
a guy could enjoy as much as a woman.also,very witty,with more than a
few laugh out loud moments.great acting from all,good direction,and
also very good writing.i won't give away any thing about the plot of
the movie,for those who haven't seen it.but i will say this movie is
unique for a couple of reasons.first off,it is one of the few movie
billed as a romantic comedy,that has comedy.it's actually funny.Imagine
that.Second,there is a romance aspect to the film,but it is not so
mooshy(I know mooshy isn't really a word,but it fits)that guys won't
like it.it's almost romance lite.so a guy can see this movie with his
girlfriend and actually say he enjoyed it.and,quite frankly,a guy could
watch it on his own,without his manhood being questioned.I'd recommend
Prime to any one who likes comedy and romance,female or male. a strong 4/5
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By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
If I didn't know better I would say this is an infomercial for all Jewish mothers who are really concerned that their sons marry nice Jewish girls, have Jewish kids....well you get the idea.

Although this film is promoted for its sophisticated storyline, Meryl Streep adds the only charisma and sophistication to the entire film. Streep definitely outshines Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg in this film. In fact, she is the only person carrying it. Her acting is superb as always, and she delivers her lines with impeccable timing and emotion. Thurman and Greenberg, on the other hand, appear like two awkward teenagers throughout the film. They had zero chemistry, and Greenberg's acting fed nothing to Thurman for her to work off of. Greenburg, despite his dashing, cute puppy looks, could not carry the leading man role because he seemed afraid to take the reigns. But Thurman wasn't better off anyway; it seemed like she was trying to take hold of her role throughout the entire film but she just couldn't get it right for some reason. Maybe the concept of the film was just too hard for her to work with, or maybe the script itself just gave her very little to begin with. Nonetheless, Rafi and Dave's dialog is trite, cliché, and very middle school at times. Everything they said to each other seemed expected of them and didn't add any new insights to their intellect, emotional maturity, or the maturity of the relationship. You could never really understand why the two were together besides the excitement from the age difference and the sexual exploration. Their romance unfolds in the most obvious and least charming fashion. The dates they go on seem unrealistic for a 37-year-old divorcée. (i.e. Underground rap clubs.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  122 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly beautiful --- Dec 28 2006
By Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I've seen this several times now (I actually lived this story -- a 30-ish woman who dated and fell in love with a 20-ish man) - the truth is very accurately portrayed here. Anyone can love (and be loved by) anyone. Love does what it does. I know that sometimes you just don't have a choice of you you love. The movie shows this relationship (just like any other relationship) having it challenges, as well as blissfully happy times. What I love about the movie is that it shows that the 30-ish woman just had a bit more wisdom, lived a bit longer, and accomplished somewhat more than her younger lover -- BUT that none of this mattered, because the younger man actually gave her love, which she returned. In the end, because of their differences, she used her wisdom and experience to do what was best for her lover. It ended a little sadly, but with love and beauty. Yes, this sounds slightly sappy. But, for those who've experienced the real thing -- I bet you can relate. Speaking for myself, my relationship ended painfully, but I don't regret it...because the love I lived in was real.
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A romantic comedy about two lovers in their sexual "prime" March 5 2006
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A comedy of errors and age differences, "Prime" (referring to a man and woman's sexual prime which are at different ages) is a clever film that didn't play well in theaters. Perhaps it got lost in the glut of holiday event movies or the lack of buzz because that's too bad. While it isn't a great romantic comedy it has charm and a great comedic performance from Meryl Streep as well as appealing performances (and chemistry)from Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg.

Rafi (Uma Thurman)is mired in a messy divorce that's taken all of the joy out of her life. Until she meets David (Bryan Greenberg)a man 14 years her junior living with his grandparents. Her therapist Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep)is pleased for her until she realizes that the stories that Rafi's been relating about her new love is about her son. While the film does occasionally steer into sitcom territory the appealing cast and performances keep the film on course most of the time.

"Prime" looks very nice in this widescreen transfer. For those who hated widescreen there's also a separate full screen release available as well. The special features are quite limited and could be better. While we get a decent commentary track from the director and producer, I'd rather hear the cast talk about their characters and in particular hear about the experience of Thurman and Greenberg working together in this romantic comedy with Streep. We get a standard "making of" featurette where the director discusses his inspiration (one of those hit-by-lightning moments when he wondered what it would be like if the girl he was dating was seeing his mother a therapist and neither one knew about the other). This romantic comedy certainly deserved more inspired featurettes--what about one on the trials and tribulations of women dating younger men?

While the film isn't perfect it's entertaining and has a marvelous comedic performance from Streep as well as great chemistry between Thurman and Greenberg on screen. "Prime" is an appealing romantic comedy that isn't a bad way to spent an afternoon.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is Not Just a Four-Letter Word Oct. 28 2005
By Ismail Elshareef - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of those one-of-a-kind comedies. It's sexy, hilarious, bittersweet and realistic. Superb performances by Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and Bryan Greenberg add so much credibility to the plot and the sweetness of the story.

When 23-year-old David (Bryan Greenberg) who comes from a traditional Jewish family falls in love with 37-year-old Rafi (Uma Thurman), a sexy divorcee that believes in Christ, hell and heaven break lose. David's mother (Meryl Streep) is Rafi's therapist who helps her through her divorce and her relationship with this new flame, this young buck for whom she's head over heels. David's mom soon realizes that the man her patient is in love with is her own son. Confused with hilarity (Meryl Streep is fantastic playing a Jewish mama), she tries to be fair to both her patient and her son.

This is a film for everyone that's ever been in love. It's sweet, heartwarming and love affirming. Go see it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality movie, limited DVD Jan. 6 2006
By Sound the Sirens Magazine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
(originally published at Sound the Sirens Magazine)

If age was nothing more than a number, the characters in this Ben Younger directed flick would meander through this picture with very little to do. While entrenched in the typical romantic comedy type vehicle, Prime actually delves a little deeper than your standard studio fare. Keen on expressing character struggle and complicated relationship dilemmas, it is a juggling lesson between trying to be deep while still basic enough to cater to larger audiences.

Rafi (Thurman) is a 37-year-old recent divorcee who finds comfort in the much younger (14 years younger) David, an eager but naïve recipient of Rafi's desire for love. Having to deal with the generational gap is cause for concern, and coincidentally, Rafi's psychiatrist happens to be David's mom (played with sparkling flair by Streep). Cue uncomfortable conversations regarding David's anatomy and in-bed bravado and you have a talk no mom wants to be involved in. Herein lies the film's most interesting conflict- Streep is brilliant as she stumbles and fumbles through her son's apparent lack of concern for religious stability and love for Rafi as she tries to balance her role as psychiatrist and mother.

The relationship between the three is fun, emotional, humorous and by far, provides the audience with Prime's most interesting moments. It's these exchanges and coming to terms with the situation that gives Prime a certain "indie flick" feel to it- a bold step in trying to scrape deeper than the usual surface material found in more conventional romantic/comedic affairs. Whether it is Rafi and David dealing with their age gap ("if you like sex, no Nintendo!") or Streep's initial breakdown upon discovering the relationship, director Ben Younger advances through these situations with enough care to highlight the more serious complications while still making them approachable to viewers who prefer relationship conflict with less tension.

There are however, brief interchanges that make Prime feel as if it were a 20-minute sitcom pilot stretched far beyond the hour-mark. There's David's bumbling sidekick (Abrahams) who provides nothing more than cheap laughs, and a myriad of plastic characters that seem rather lifeless compared to the main three. They weave in and out of the narrative while never connecting with any of the leads.

Prime is interesting enough to ask the right questions about age, relationships (boy-girl, mother-son and so forth) and the outcome of the decisions made. It isn't without its faults as at times, it struggles to figure out just what it wants to be. For the most part, the film succeeds in being both entertaining and interesting, and when it comes to romantic comedies, it's more than you can ask for these days.

DVD Features: Not the kind of the DVD you buy for the extra features as they are few and far between. It's the usual stuff- outtakes, deleted scenes ... thankfully the film itself is good enough to warrant a DVD purchase.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical New York City-based romantic comedy. March 3 2006
By Cubist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Ben Younger's feature film debut was the brash yet hopelessly derivative Boiler Room that featured a cast of up-and-comers (like Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel). The film spent too much time quoting Wall Street and trying too hard to be a new Millennium version of Glengarry Glen Ross. Fortunately, he decided to say something more personal with his next film, Prime that is also rooted more in realism as opposed to the movie quoting machine that was his first movie.

It's nice to see Uma Thurman play someone her age and not some immature Barbie doll. She looks stunning as ever but in an approachable way, like her character in Beautiful Girls. Rafi is a very grounded person and the dialogue between her and David is authentic. There is genuine chemistry between the two leads.

Younger doesn't overdue it with the kitschy, Gershwin by way of Woody Allen music. The Jewish stereotypes are there but implied and no one is overtly neurotic like in Allen's movies. Younger assumes that we are familiar with this kind of romantic comedy and so he doesn't feel the need to repeat what has already been done. He injects Prime with little moments of unpredictable comedy that aren't too slapsticky but develop gradually.

There are a few blemishes on this otherwise fine romantic comedy. David's best friend has an odd quirk. He seems unable (or unwilling) to go on a second date with a woman and ends things by throwing a pie in her face. The first time this happens it is amusing and quirky but it is repeated again and again to disturbing effect to the point where his behaviour borders on seriously misogynistic. Younger never explains why he is like this beyond simple, infantile immaturity.

Prime deals with the baggage that comes with the age difference between a significantly younger man and an older woman and how, in the case of these two people, it is very difficult for them to make it work. They want different things - Rafi wants a child and stability while David has trouble holding down a job and isn't sure what he wants to do with his life. Younger resists the urge to go for a pat, feelgood ending, instead maintaining the consistent, realistic tone that sets this film apart from most New York romantic comedies.

There are 11 deleted scenes that flesh out the relationships between some of the characters but one can see why they were cut.

Also included is an "Outtakes" reel with improvised bits and blown lines that are amusing.

"Prime-Time Players" is a making of featurette. Both Streep and Greenberg also praise the reality of Younger's screenplay. He felt that recent romantic comedies had gotten soft and wanted to get back to the realness of movies like Annie Hall and When Harry Met Sally.

There is an audio commentary by writer/director Ben Younger and producer Jennifer Todd. They proudly state that the entire film was shot in New York City and point out various locations that were used. However, they tend to spend too much time pointing out various locations - so much so that it feels like some kind of informal tour of the city. This is a loose, informal track as the two crack jokes and provide a smattering of comments in this mixed bag affair.
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