Town & Country
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two philandering old friends (Beatty and Shandling) cheat on their wives (Diane Keaton and Hawn) and bunk together in a country cabin to take stock of their lives and figure things out.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Oh man, what a train wreck of a movie. I can't even figure out why they made it. My best guess is that it was made so the over-50 Hollywood elite could rationalize cheating on and divorcing their wives for younger meat. But this flick goes so far as to actually promote it. Beatty's character sleeps with everyone, including his best friend's wife! Everyone's having sex here. Beatty wakes up in the middle of the night to get a snack and hears his son (Josh Hartnett), his daughter (Tricia Vessey), and even the maid bang their respective lovers - very noisily I might add. You would think this is great, but we don't see anything, and it doesn't lend anything to the story. There's one funny scene with Gary Shandling, but even his character and his pending homosexuality gets filed under Seen It Before.
The movie finally goes nuts when we come to Charlton Heston's character and his daughter played by Andie McDowell. Beatty ends up with McDowell in her bedroom (her room is still like a 6-year old girl's room) and Heston comes in and gives a speech about being her protector. He gives out this lizard-like growl that is cheezy, horribly dubbed, and makes you laugh at the sheer stupidity of it. Then he roams around the final scenes of the movie after Beatty with a shotgun - when Beatty didn't even sleep with his daughter! Jenna Elfman's character is another worthless addition to the movie. Of course, they try to tie the story up and rationalize all the cheating in the end, but by the time you get there you wish you had left hours ago.
Extras, what extras? The dvd menu has an "All Access Pass" area to the special features which turn out to be a theatrical trailer and some filmographies of the stars. All Access Pass - my ass.
This movie is similar to a bad Woody Allen film. Lots of famous actors, but a long, tedious, and amazingly stupid story. Your time is spent better elsewhere.