A Review by Tom Condon, OP
(St. Martin Province)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Release Date Oct. 28, 2005
Running Time 105 minutes
MPAA Rating PG-13 - for sexual content including dialogue, and
Rafi (Thurman), a 37-year-old divorced New
Yorker, meets and quickly falls for a 23-year-old painter from
Brooklyn. Rafi's therapist, Lisa (Streep), thinks the new relationship
is a great idea, even if it's not meant to last. But when Lisa
discovers that her son is actually the guy dating Rafi, she finds
it increasingly difficult to serve as her therapist.
wondered why I could not remember the title of
the new Meryl Streep movie. At the box office, I had to search
out the title among the list of current films until finally I
found it: Prime. What does that mean? Is it about a cut of steak?
Shouldn’t it have been The Movie about the Therapist?
After seeing the movie, I know why I couldn’t
remember the title. There is no connection between the movie and
the title. What does the title mean? Unfortunately, the meaningless
title indicates a much larger dilemma: A pointless movie.
Meryl plays a middle aged, Jewish, Upper West Side
therapist. In the course of the movie, she discovers that Rami
(Uma Thurman), her divorced, 37 year old patient, has begun a
romantic relationship with David (Bryan Greenberg), her 23 year
old son. The previews actually looked like this might be clever.
Trust me, it’s not. It’s impossible to imagine that
any therapist worth her salt would have continued the therapeutic
relationship long after realizing that her patient was romantically
involved with her son.
Neither a sophisticated Woody Allen type comedy
with a lot of neurotic New Yorkers, or a romantic comedy, Prime
rambles aimlessly, for two hours, before coming to an end. Much
is made of the age difference between Rami and David, as well
as the fact that Rami is not Jewish. At first, I thought it was
nice to see religion dealt with in an American movie. But, the
attention is minimal and superficial. At the end of Prime, the
audience has no greater insight into relationships between people
of different ages or religions, therapy, or anything else. Much
of this could have been forgiven if the movie was actually funny.
No such luck!
Meryl Streep is certainly one of the great film
actresses of all time. A note to her many fans: Skip Prime and
watch any watch a DVD of any of her great performances, from Kramer
Vs. Kramer to Angels in America instead.
Tom Condon, OP