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Under the Eiffel Tower

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Uneven midlife-crisis dramedy has drinking, language.

Movie NR 2019 87 minutes
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This dramedy is neither romantic nor comedic enough to be a lovable romcom, but thanks to the central couple, it has just enough heart to be a passable fantasy of finding love abroad. Walsh is a gifted everyman of an actor, but he's best at comedy, so those aspects of Under the Eiffel Tower are the most memorable. Walsh is good with the humiliation humor of Stuart's misguided (and super creepy) proposal to Ros -- and the messy way he attempts to recover by teaming up with smarmy Liam. Despite being less conventionally attractive than Liam, Stuart is the much more believable match for the lovely, intelligent Louise.

But it feels like all of the movie's plot points are taken straight from a grab bag of clichés. At this point, not even the intrinsic charms of Paris, fine food, wine, and the French countryside can make up for the predictability of this story about a middle-aged man in crisis who ends up winning the heart of a gorgeous woman. The acting is fine, but the story is so formulaic that it's basically forgettable, making for an uneven combination. Still, in addition to Walsh's capable performance, Godrèche stands out as the complicated and generous Louise, and Scott is utterly believable as an amoral narcissist. The cinematography doesn't need to do much to immerse audiences in France's beauty, but by the end, the movie feels like yet another redo of so many similar films.

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