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A Good Woman
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08.07.2006 By: Jason Adams
A Good Woman order
Director:
Mike Barker

Actors:
Scarlet Johansson
Helen Hunt
Tom Wilkinson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young couple summering in Italy in the 1930s has their marriage tested by the arrival of an older, seductive woman.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You look at the cover for A GOOD WOMAN. [yawn] But wait! The tagline is “Seduction. Sex. Scandal.”…and it stars Scarlet Johansson! Oh what a glorious day to review DVDs! Then half an hour in you realize the movie’s rated PG and the only seduction, sex or scandal you’re going to see is Ms. Johansson talking to a man who isn’t her husband. Provocative!

I’m not being a (complete) horndog, but a little more of the Scarlet Fever honestly would’ve been the sole redeemable feature of this movie. Screenwriter Howard Himelstein manages to turn Oscar Wilde’s play into a two hour celebration of sleep. Here’s a blurb they can use for the cover: "A GOOD WOMAN is drier than a tumbleweed under a French fry lamp!" The scandalous seduction that drives the plot and characters never happens, so all the audience is left with is hearing a bunch of high society women talk about proper behavior befitting a young lady. This isn’t helped by the fact that neither of the female leads fit well in their roles or in the time period, especially Helen Hunt. Her monologue about the “walls closing in” should result in the Academy taking back her Oscar.

The only part of the flick I found worthwhile was the setting. The Amalfi Coast still looks exactly the same as it did seventy years ago (beautiful), and the location gives the film a much-needed dose of authenticity (and goodness).
THE EXTRAS
Thankfully, not much.

Commentary by director Mike Barker and producer Alan Greenspan: That’s right; Alan Greenspan. The former Fed Chairman warns that A GOOD WOMAN could very well destroy the American economy. Okay…it’s not that Greenspan, but that would’ve been much more interesting than the commentary we’re given.

And Trailers for a bunch of period pieces from Lions Gate.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As popular as Scarlet Johansson is, you don’t expect her to be doing any straight to video stuff. But after watching A GOOD WOMAN I can see exactly why this got a very limited theatrical release.
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