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The Taming of the Shrewd

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Romance blooms amid a scam; sex, language.

Movie NR 2022 112 minutes
The Taming of the Shrewd

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This Polish romcom doesn't work. In The Taming of the Shrewd, just who "the shrewd" is is unclear, since there doesn't seem to be anyone with a normal-sized human brain involved, never mind one with special reasoning skills the word "shrewd" suggests. That may be why the movie refers to itself in the opening subtitles using the far more Shakespearean, The Taming of the Shrew, no "D."

That confusion aside, what follows is a banal, humorless, overlong attempt at romantic comedy that fails on almost every level, from depictions of rural citizens as moronic and easily goaded into comic violence all the way to suggesting that a reserve of bogwood can save a company.

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