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Prime
DVD disk
03.14.2006 By: Sturdy
Prime order
Director:
Ben Younger

Actors:
Uma Thurman
Meryl Streep
Bryan Greenberg

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A 37-year-old recently divorced woman falls for a 23-year-old artist. Things get complicated when she finds out he’s also the son of her therapist.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I really root for Uma Thurman to do well. I just think she’s a cool gal that has a very compelling screen presence. But apart from her amazing turns in Quentin Tarrantino films, she just doesn’t really have many good movies. PRIME is not the exception to the rule.

As the most nominated actress in Academy Award history, Meryl Streep has proven herself as one of the best actresses of all time. She didn’t give a top-notch performance here, but it had more to do with the director not giving her a chance to explore her character. She was shallow, and her motivations were never made clear. Uma and Bryan are a cute couple despite their age difference, but the audience gets so many conflicting emotions from them that we’re not sure if we want them to get together or break up.

I guess PRIME could be considered a romantic comedy, but it wasn’t really funny. It had it’s moments where it attempted to be funny, but it didn’t pull it off. It was slightly romantic, but there were many issues between the two lovers that were never fully explored and many problems that were never cleared up. Also, there’s a general rule of screenwriting that says you should never have a scene that doesn’t further the story. Apparently, Ben Younger didn’t show up that day in screenwriting class. I couldn’t even count the scenes that had no purpose in the plot or the character development.

There were many issues that plagued the relationship from the beginning and most films would take the time to “solve’ the problems they faced. PRIME just pushes the characters through those problems until the very anti-climatic conclusion. Although character growth was implied, I didn’t see it. We’re made to believe these characters loved each other, but they didn’t exactly work for it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Ben Younger and Jennifer Todd: Urrgghhh. This commentary is like when you make a new friend and you’re hanging out with them and their best friend. They have a lot of inside jokes and you feel out of place. That describes Ben and Jen. They have a good time, but they don’t keep the audience involved or explain why they’re laughing.

Deleted scenes (8:30): You can’t select the scenes individually, but most of them are so short that it doesn’t matter because you don’t want to watch these anyway. They’re all really bad and do nothing for the film. Again, I harp on the fact that there were a lot of scenes in the movie that served no purpose and this is just a montage of more meaningless scenes.

Outtakes (3:45): Again, not selectable individually. Some of these are true “outtakes” in the sense that the actors make a mistake and everyone laughs. Others are just improved scenes from the actors. There’s an outtake of Uma eating sushi that I found amusing. Other than that, they were pretty lame.

Prime-Time Players (8:42): This is a quick behind the scenes featurette that is just a bunch of fluff. Nothing that provides any insight and it moves along pretty quickly.

There are also some Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I think even the die hard romantic comedy fans will be disappointed in this one. It’s a mess of worthless scenes and an uninteresting and confusing romance that Ben Younger never takes the time to fully explore.
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