Prime (2005)


“I’m 23.” – David Bloomberg

“No, you’re not. I don’t believe you. Let me see the license… Oh, my God! You’re a child. Taxi! I have t-shirts older than you.” – Rafi Gardet

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A recent divorcee begins dating a younger man who just happens to be the sin of her therapist.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was intrigued by the premise along with the cast.

They find a way to take a typical romantic comedy scenario and give it a few unique tweaks that help make it work quite well.

Uma Thruman is great in this kind of role and finds a way to make her character so endearing to the audience.

This is achieved both by the way that she plays her character and by the sheer vulnerability of the character when she is in her therapy sessions.

Love how we get to see how those sessions affect her relationship and also vice versa; how her relationship affects her sessions.

Meryl Steep does a wonderful job as the therapist who must find a way to maintain both her sanity and her professionalism as she quickly realizes that her patient is dating her son.

She must act as a mother and therapist while holding on to this deep secret that bothers her from numerous perspectives.

The weakest link in the cast here is Bryan Greenberg  who is only fine in this role.

If he had done more with his character, he would have helped elevate the dynamics of this story to a much higher level.

Perhaps they should have cast a more familiar and proficient actor for the role..

The movie has some great dialogue that helps propel things along the way and keep the story and situations quite fun to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Fun rom-com that works well due to the cast. Thurman is great in this kind of film and makes us care so much about her character because of the way she carries herself but also because we get to see how vulnerable she is when she is in her sessions. Streep is also great here in the role of the therapist who must try and do her job as therapist and mother while holding on to a deep secret. Greenberg is the weakest link here and doesn’t manage to add much to this story.  Had he been better, this film would have been elevated to being something more powerful and poignant. The dialogue is written really well and helps keep things fun from start to finish.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sandra Bullock was originally cast as Rafi. Bullock wanted major script changes from writer/director Ben Younger but when he refused, she dropped out. Only two weeks before principal photography, Uma Thurman stepped in and replaced Bullock. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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