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A Travel Movie
Morea travel movie than a "comedy".
The plot is too insignificant to serve as a background even. But the scenery and food would make anyone start planning a drive around France.
We were left hanging in the end!
Absolutely LOVED this movie!
If you are into Diane Lane romantic comedy movies (Under the Tuscan Sun, Must Love Dogs) then you will be into this film. It made have all of the feels. I immedietly paused the movie and opened a bottle of wine. I had some goat cheese with olive oil just so I could try and experience the delectable food and wine in this film. Diane Lane and the male character 'Jaques' melted my heart. It was so nice to see a positive film and human interaction. I will watch this again a few more times as it is now made it to one of my top favorite films. EVER!
Nothing ever happens. Nothing.
Do not waste your money. This is a travelogue. Nothing more. The scenery is nice but there is absolutely no story here. Snoozefest.
By Parents beware
Loved the filming and food scenes. I wonder why Diane lane takes these roles where she's an adulterer. The one with Richard Gere years ago and now this one. I know it's a movie but still.
So slow, as to be dreadful.
First off I will say that the cinematography is nice, but the movie is full of so many cliches and poor dialogue, that it made finishing the film a chore. The movie's recipe had all the right ingredients: Diane Lane, check. Alec Baldwin, check. Charming frenchman, check. Lovely locations, check. A basic outline for a charming story, check. However, it all comes out painfully...painful! The dialogue is so expected, that I found myself accurately guessing the words that were going to come out of an actor's mouth. Such expected dialogue that, when the main character says in voiceover, "I have always wanted to see the lavendar in bloom," I had to laugh. I assume the director can be blamed for all that ails this movie. I can hear her now, "Diane, rub your ears so the audience knows you are suffering inner ear pain...okay, now rub them again, both of them, because they both hurt. I know you already rubbed them numerous times in previous scenes, but I think the audience will probably be too dense to remember this fact 10 minutes later, when the charming french man buys you ear drops." And later in the movie, when her character notices Jacque is not wearing socks (which in France is quite common), she magically pulls two socks from her tote. Mind you, she is traveling with luggage, yet chooses to carry her husband's dirty, mismatched socks, that were left behind in the hotel room, with her. Ummm, okay. And the cheesy photos that Diane's character takes along the way! We are supposed to assume that she has some latent talent that has yet to be explored, but as the photos flash on the screen for the viewer to see (every. single. time. the. camera. is. used.), all I saw was underwhelming images, poorly composed, blurry and just plain boring. The fact that I was so aware of this shows that nothing else about the movie allowed me to ignore or forgive it's weaknesses enough to be taken in by it. The best scene of the movie (this is not sarcasm, by the way) is when Diane Lane cries in a church–successful because there is a welcome lack of dialogue, leaving Diane to call upon her own talent to summon tears and convey an inner pain. Simply put, you can wait on Paris Can Wait.
What would have been funny is if Alec Baldwin (his performance was better than the male lead) had the role of an American who was Frenchified, learnt to savor life, and therefor was the bussiness partner living in France who takes Diane Lane on an elongified roadtrip, and Diane Lane was married to the french actor who in turn had Alec Baldwin's role and had to go produce a movie. Then Alec Baldwin would play against character, be all weird and frenchified, made her laugh because he is ultimately funnier and a better actor, and convinced her the french had a good thing going. And she would be loyal to her french husband. That would be interesting perplexing and entertaining. I got a little annoyed with the french guy and definitely felt grossed out that she would demean herself to play, however momentarily, tonsilhockey with him. Whatever. I like the setting. The music was really odd --- i mean elevator music? It was ok, but there is a lot of french music that could have set the scene and i didn't like the amercian music on her ipod either. That said with all the annoying movies out there i really liked the French countryside, going on the trip but it was a bit spoilt by the air of impatience about the trip, and thank god it didn't end badly. Enjoyed Diane L and Alec B's performances, and actually was impressed with how much Alec Baldwin did with how few lines he had. This reminded me he is actually a great leading man and wished his role was larger. Maybe he could have come back and they went and she made him enact the french guy's role on the drive back. Not wasted money but not a movie that would be compelling to watch a second time, not right away at least.
Cairo Time Knockoff
The premise of the story has been completely stolen from the superb and excellent movie, Cairo Time. In Caro Time, a woman, whose husband is in a diplomatic mission in Israel, falls in love with his friend, who shows her the beauty of Cairo. It is a romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard. Same thing here, but different country: France. Although, I love Diane, this movie leaves much to desire for. It is more about the food and the places, rather than the connection and the feelings between two people in a journey.
Love Diane Lane
I liked this film for the beauty of the countryside and the food and drink and flowers and Diane's clothing and it was a good escape for a couple of hours.
Scenery was great. The script was nonsensical. The final scene was laughable.