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Prime (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Meryl Streep , Uma Thurman , Ben Younger  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg, Jon Abrahams
  • Directors: Ben Younger
  • Writers: Ben Younger
  • Producers: Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CS45TW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prime (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Prime-Time Players
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ben Younger and Producer Jennifer Todd

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    When Rafi (Uma Thurman), a 37-year-old single woman, meets David (Bryan Greenberg), a 23-year-old painter, it's love at first sight. But that love gets complicated fast when Rafi discovers that David is also the son of her therapist (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep)! Professional help is about to get very personal in this entertaining and irresistibly charming hit that critics are calling "a funny and very sexy comedy" (Jess Cagle, WCBS/People Magazine).

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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly beautiful --- December 28, 2006
    I've seen this several times now (I actually lived this story -- a 30-ish woman who dated and fell in love with a 20-ish man) - the truth is very accurately portrayed here. Anyone can love (and be loved by) anyone. Love does what it does. I know that sometimes you just don't have a choice of you you love. The movie shows this relationship (just like any other relationship) having it challenges, as well as blissfully happy times. What I love about the movie is that it shows that the 30-ish woman just had a bit more wisdom, lived a bit longer, and accomplished somewhat more than her younger lover -- BUT that none of this mattered, because the younger man actually gave her love, which she returned. In the end, because of their differences, she used her wisdom and experience to do what was best for her lover. It ended a little sadly, but with love and beauty. Yes, this sounds slightly sappy. But, for those who've experienced the real thing -- I bet you can relate. Speaking for myself, my relationship ended painfully, but I don't regret it...because the love I lived in was real.
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    34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    A comedy of errors and age differences, "Prime" (referring to a man and woman's sexual prime which are at different ages) is a clever film that didn't play well in theaters. Perhaps it got lost in the glut of holiday event movies or the lack of buzz because that's too bad. While it isn't a great romantic comedy it has charm and a great comedic performance from Meryl Streep as well as appealing performances (and chemistry)from Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg.

    Rafi (Uma Thurman)is mired in a messy divorce that's taken all of the joy out of her life. Until she meets David (Bryan Greenberg)a man 14 years her junior living with his grandparents. Her therapist Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep)is pleased for her until she realizes that the stories that Rafi's been relating about her new love is about her son. While the film does occasionally steer into sitcom territory the appealing cast and performances keep the film on course most of the time.

    "Prime" looks very nice in this widescreen transfer. For those who hated widescreen there's also a separate full screen release available as well. The special features are quite limited and could be better. While we get a decent commentary track from the director and producer, I'd rather hear the cast talk about their characters and in particular hear about the experience of Thurman and Greenberg working together in this romantic comedy with Streep. We get a standard "making of" featurette where the director discusses his inspiration (one of those hit-by-lightning moments when he wondered what it would be like if the girl he was dating was seeing his mother a therapist and neither one knew about the other).
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    25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love is Not Just a Four-Letter Word October 28, 2005
    This is one of those one-of-a-kind comedies. It's sexy, hilarious, bittersweet and realistic. Superb performances by Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and Bryan Greenberg add so much credibility to the plot and the sweetness of the story.

    When 23-year-old David (Bryan Greenberg) who comes from a traditional Jewish family falls in love with 37-year-old Rafi (Uma Thurman), a sexy divorcee that believes in Christ, hell and heaven break lose. David's mother (Meryl Streep) is Rafi's therapist who helps her through her divorce and her relationship with this new flame, this young buck for whom she's head over heels. David's mom soon realizes that the man her patient is in love with is her own son. Confused with hilarity (Meryl Streep is fantastic playing a Jewish mama), she tries to be fair to both her patient and her son.

    This is a film for everyone that's ever been in love. It's sweet, heartwarming and love affirming. Go see it.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Quality movie, limited DVD January 6, 2006
    (originally published at Sound the Sirens Magazine)

    If age was nothing more than a number, the characters in this Ben Younger directed flick would meander through this picture with very little to do. While entrenched in the typical romantic comedy type vehicle, Prime actually delves a little deeper than your standard studio fare. Keen on expressing character struggle and complicated relationship dilemmas, it is a juggling lesson between trying to be deep while still basic enough to cater to larger audiences.

    Rafi (Thurman) is a 37-year-old recent divorcee who finds comfort in the much younger (14 years younger) David, an eager but naïve recipient of Rafi's desire for love. Having to deal with the generational gap is cause for concern, and coincidentally, Rafi's psychiatrist happens to be David's mom (played with sparkling flair by Streep). Cue uncomfortable conversations regarding David's anatomy and in-bed bravado and you have a talk no mom wants to be involved in. Herein lies the film's most interesting conflict- Streep is brilliant as she stumbles and fumbles through her son's apparent lack of concern for religious stability and love for Rafi as she tries to balance her role as psychiatrist and mother.

    The relationship between the three is fun, emotional, humorous and by far, provides the audience with Prime's most interesting moments. It's these exchanges and coming to terms with the situation that gives Prime a certain "indie flick" feel to it- a bold step in trying to scrape deeper than the usual surface material found in more conventional romantic/comedic affairs. Whether it is Rafi and David dealing with their age gap ("if you like sex, no Nintendo!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Streep's uncanny performance overshadows the entire move
    If you purchased this movie and watched only one scene, the one where Meryl Streep has to listen to Uma Thurman's painfully explicit description of her sexual dalliance with her... Read more
    Published 29 days ago by Lori F.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast , love this movie!!
    Love this movie ! Such a great cast of actors and the story was just original and real! I can watch this over and over !
    Published 1 month ago by bridget jackson
    3.0 out of 5 stars Very Smart
    Very smart with good acting and the message that while an age difference may not be an obstacle to love there are other considerations.
    Published 6 months ago by joeg
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cougar in a good way....
    I brought this movie simply because I love it!!! It's one of my favorites and I'm just glad to finally have it on dvd
    Published 7 months ago by A22
    1.0 out of 5 stars BORING
    Pretentious and boring. I was severely disappointed in the actors, the writer and the director. Shame on them all. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by John Carl
    4.0 out of 5 stars Really great cast!
    Great movie! Funny and insightful! Meryl Streep is hilarious and the chemistry is captivating. Will probably buy this's become one of my favorites.
    Published 10 months ago by Dorothy St. Laurent
    5.0 out of 5 stars Prime
    Great love story! Great acting by the 3 main charactors. Very funny tender and sad but you know in your heart it ultimately has a happy ending.
    Published 10 months ago by jean love
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
    Really enjoyed this movie one of those just good movies. Love anything with Meryl Streep, and Uma is great also.
    Published 13 months ago by Miss D
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!!
    Great movie, terrific actors I mean who doesn't love Meryl Streep!! I like the plot not every love story gets the picture perfect happily ever after...worth watching
    Published 13 months ago by BPD
    4.0 out of 5 stars This was a good movie.
    This movie was easy to watch and enjoyable and I liked the story and the actors. Meryl Streep is always great.
    Published 15 months ago by vana
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