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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Director:  Woody Allen
Year Released:  2010
Rating:  3.0

Surprisingly under-rated Woody Allen drama details the dissolution of two marriages due to wandering eyes and restlessness: struggling writer Josh Brolin ditches art expert Naomi Watts for (younger) Freida Pinto while Watts' amorous pop Anthony Hopkins chucks away his aging wife for a prostitute (Lucy Punch) he wants to domesticate and impregnate. The principal performers are all quite good and the even-tempered script allows plenty of time to cover all of the players with a fair eye: the separations are disastrous for all involved whether they realize it or not. It's a bit of that old-school morality for Mr. Allen ... and again, coincidentally and ironically, these older male-younger female courtships are especially doomed (which was also a theme in Whatever Works). Ends rather abruptly and is rather inconclusive, but at this point in his career I'm confident he knows what he's trying to say. Follow the straight and narrow, straight and narrow....

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