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Paris Can Wait

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Light, breezy romcom will make you want to go to France.

Movie PG 2017 92 minutes
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age 14+

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This film feels more like a doco-drama of French gastronomy than an actual movie. The plot is listless and unexciting, the characters are not particularly endearing and the ending is left up to your imagination. Don't bother!

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This dramedy has a languorous charm likely to remind viewers that the road less traveled (both literally and metaphorically) may be the tonic you need in a work-focused, social-media-laden world. Aside from the travelogue-worthy scenes of France and the meals that the movie (and Anne) seems to be obsessed with -- she takes beautiful photos of everything, including her food and wine -- Lane is the best part of Paris Can Wait. She's graceful, magnetic, and expressive -- the film almost feels like a sequel to her popular Under the Tuscan Sun.

But here's the downside: Paris Can Wait doesn't really deal with anything that hasn't been exhaustively explored before on film (including in the previously mentioned Under the Tuscan Sun). The unease that Anne feels, both in her decent-but-distracted marriage and as an empty nester (her daughter is in college), is neither new nor surprising. Nor is it enough of an engine to fuel a possible indiscretion, especially with someone who, though he may be attentive, cosmopolitan, and appealing, also appears to be somewhat hobbled by a retrograde sense of relationships and his own set of work frustrations, which could later balloon into the same problems that pull Michael away. Still, don't wait too long to see Paris Can Wait -- it's a fun, gustatory, eye-candy watch.

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