Parents' Guide to

The Longest Week

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tiresome romcom doesn't live up to promise; some iffy stuff.

Movie PG-13 2014 86 minutes
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You're forgiven if you find yourself wondering whether you've seen this movie before. It starts out sounding like a Woody Allen movie (cemented when the "analyst" weighs in on his patient's dilemma and brassy jazz music arrives as a backdrop); morphs into a quirky Wes Anderson work (complete with static, centered frames; retro aesthetic; and quirky, explanatory voiceovers); and channels a tiny slice of the movie Arthur, heir-to-fortune-kicked-to-the-curb plot and all. Midway, it turns into a Claude Lelouch film.

All this to say that THE LONGEST WEEK is promising, with momentary flashes of bracing vision but ultimately tedious. It simply tries too hard. This despite a cast that includes not just the reliably appealing Bateman but also the talented but underused Crudup. (He's so good that he makes everyone else look bad.) Wilde is beguiling but in a transitory way, which doesn't really serve her character. And Jenny Slate feels like she belongs in another movie entirely. Trim the music, voiceover, and everything else that makes this film so overdone, and The Longest Week could have proved faster, smarter, and more compelling.

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