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Town & Country

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Enjoyable but ultimately mystifying.

Movie R 2001 104 minutes
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There are some funny moments, but overall the movie will appeal most to those who are in the demographic of its performers, and maybe not much even to them. Part Woody Allen-style mid-life crisis movie, part old-fashioned, door-slamming bedroom farce, part "let's laugh as rich folks mess everything up while we enjoy looking at their beautiful homes and clothes," and possibly part therapy session for leading man Warren Beatty, this movie may be enjoyable but it is ultimately mystifying.

Rumors of problems plagued this movie for at least two years, and some incoherence and inconsistency may be evidence that it has been recut. It is fun to watch these actors in these settings, and especially welcome to see a movie featuring stars over 25. But the characters never engage us. Ellie and Porter both seem so self-absorbed that it is hard to care whether they stay together or not, and there is something almost grotesque about the way the charmless Porter is immediately adored by every young, beautiful woman who sees him. Jenna Elfman is wasted in a small role, though she does look great dressed as Marilyn Monroe.

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