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  • Actors: Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg, Jon Abrahams
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Mca (Universal)
  • Release Date: Feb. 28 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CS45TW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,718 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2013
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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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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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
American Pie Nov. 29 2006
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this film and sat through the whole thing waiting to see how it turns out, so that puts it a step beyond most pictures, the kind I walk out on. That's not to say that PRIME isn't mindnumbingly predictable, because it's filled with chunky bits from other, older, better movies. And yet, the original part is so different that it stands out in a field of romantic competition. I see the movie as the story of Morris, a 23 year old prodigy who suffers from a sexual tragedy involving not being able to get a second date from any woman he goes out with. A bizarre, Kraft-Ebing compulsion then demands that he seeks vengeance by throwing a pie in their faces. I suppose it's the spectacle of their beautiful faces just peering in anguish through a cloud of fluffy meringue that must turn Morris on, perhaps a sublimated form of the so-called "money shot" X rated movies depend on. In any case, PRIME follows Morris around on expeditions related to his pie fetish, shopping with a friend (Bryan Greenberg as "David," the painter of modern life) at a light-filled bakery and inquiring of the shopgirl if the pie was baked fresh today.

I wonder if that was to assuage the feelings of the audience, to make sure we knew that no females were hurt during the making of the film, and perhaps to indicare that Morris actually doesn't want to injury these girls permanently (writer director Ben Younger, who also made the superior BOILER ROOM years back, indicates that Morris uses only cream pies in these attacks). For a pecan pie or something like that would do quite a bit of damage. Yet the film remains a cold, clinical picture of a man out of control, with sociopathic dimensions, and as such it would make a good double bill with HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, or perhaps Michael Powell's PEEPING TOM.

The accoutrements of his crime slide by the other characters in the movie, although Uma Thurman (as fashion photographer Rafi) is justifiably upset when she finds Morrie in her closet, rendering her pet cat unconscious with a bottle of beer). Most of the time, they're just thinking, "Pie throwing, a staple of American comedies since Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops," so something in our movie going experience has hot-wired the human body to associate a pie in the face with laughter, and Younger wants to peel back those associations and reveal pie throwing as the hate crime it is.

SPOILER WARNING: At the end of the film, Morris gets his comeuppance, and the sight of his handsome, well, goofy face ringed with cream gleams with neo-expressionist horror, like the skinned face in Michele Soavi's Italian horror film LA SETTA.

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