The Simian Line R

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In addition to declaring that Katharine's (Lynn Redgrave) head and heart line are hopelessly fused into one "simian line", eccentric palm reader/fortune-teller Arnita (Tyne Daly) makes a dire prediction: By the end of the year, one of the couples present at a Halloween party will have broken up. But will it be Katherine and her much-younger boyfriend Rick (Harry Connick Jr.); her upstairs tenants Marta and Billy or new yuppie neighbors Sandra (Cindy Crawford) and Paul? Fueled by Arnita's prediction, each of the couples begins to drift apart in a sea of doubt and distrust. Can the "divine" intervention of two well-meaning ghosts (William Hurt and Samantha Mathis) keep these earthly conflicts from erupting into multiple self-fulfilling prophecies?

Starring:
Harry Connick Jr., Cindy Crawford
Runtime:
1 hour 42 minutes

The Simian Line

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Genres Drama
Director Linda Yellen
Starring Harry Connick Jr., Cindy Crawford
Supporting actors Tyne Daly, William Hurt, Monica Keena, Samantha Mathis, Lynn Redgrave, Jamey Sheridan, Eric Stoltz, Dylan Bruno, Jeremy Zelig, Tony Devon
Studio ContentFilm
MPAA rating R (Restricted)

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It was beautifully lighted and shot.
whazzat
Yes, it is a bit of a feel good movie - but what is wrong with dessert now and then?
Grady Harp
Didn't really have high expectations for the story, but it kept me interested.
Sally Hoffmann

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2006
Format: DVD
Coming across a movie on the shelf that boasts a cast of fine actors but has a title that seems to have appeared out of nowhere takes a bit of faith to rent/buy it. Such is the case for THE SIMIAN LINE, a film by TV director Linda Yellen (who also co-wrote story with Michael Leeds and brought in Gisela Bernice to pen the screenplay) that is just enough off center to keep a movie edgy but very entertaining.

Katherine (Lynn Redgrave) is a real estate person in New Jersey and is part of a May/December affair with stained glass artist Rick (Harry Connick Jr.). She leases the house adjoining hers to a Manhattan couple Paul (Jamey Sheridan) and Sandra (Cindy Crawford) who are waiting for a financial break. Other tenants include Marta (Monica Keena) and Billy (hunky Dylan Bruno) both of whom are waiting for their break into Rock band status. At a welcoming party Rick invites Arnita (Tyne Daly), a frumpy but kind fortune teller/spiritual communicator who upon entering Katherine and Rick's home sees two ghosts Edward (William Hurt) and Mae (Samantha Mathis) who are 'hanging around invisible to all, but with ongoing comments about love lost and the past. Arnita predicts that by New Year's Eve one of the couples will be separated, and with a bad taste in everyone's mouth the party folks oust her, but not until Arnita leaves her business cards.

The remainder of the story deals with each couple's anxiety about being the one that will break up: Katherine fears the younger Rick is falling for Sandra, Paul fears Sandra is losing interest in his failing business problems, and Marta is called to claim her little boy Jimmy (Jeremy Zelig) whose father is a man she met during a previous breakup with Billy. And they all seek advice from Arnita.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Penna on August 25, 2006
Format: DVD
In spite of its title, "The Simian Line," has nothing to do with monkeys. Rather, it is a 2000 film just recently making the rounds in the video store, a quirky, off beat love story that starts out slowly, but builds to a satisfying and poignant ending.

Set in Weehawken, NJ, a short ferry ride from Manhattan, the story focuses on three neighboring couples. It is Halloween and the couples gather for a small getting-to-know the neighbors celebration. To enhance the festivities the hosts have invited local medium Tyne Daly to read palms and tarot cards and tell fortunes. Daly's uncertain equilibrium, however, is immediately jostled when she just as immediately discerns that they are not alone...that the house contains not one, but two spirits. Daly loses her composure and dignity quickly and, made fun of by the assembled self-satisfied crowd, casts a Maleficent-like pall over the festivities by predicting that before the year is out, one couple present will have parted company.

As the movie and the calendar move on, we get to know the three couples: Harry Connick, Jr. and Lynn Redgrave as an unlikely July-December pair, Cindy Crawford and Jamey Sheridan as the Yuppies, and Monica Keena and Dylan Bruno as foul-mouthed grunge rockers with bad attitudes. While each duo initially scoffs at the prediction, we soon learn that each has reason to suspect that they are the couple in question, and we find ample reason to share those suspicions. We also learn that the house's long resident ghostly tenant, William Hurt, a true southern gentleman who passed in 1910, is rather put out to discover that his peaceful domicile has been invaded by Samantha Mathis, a 20s flapper who met a bad end, but can't abide the noise in her former digs next door, now undergoing renovation.
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Despite a cast with many respected names this movie is a bit of a flop. In many character exchanges the dialogue seems improvised, as if there isn't a set script. For a single example, the fight between Katherine and Rick. The excellent acting abilities of both Redgrave and Connick aren't enough to save the dialogue in that or many other scenes. There are many other moments like this. At the conclusion of the film I didn't feel as though I understood any of the characters any better than I did in the first fifteen minutes. None of the characters' positions, roles or attitudes changed from the beginning to the end.

It was beautifully lighted and shot. The music was ok.

This one will be easily forgotten.
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By Sally Hoffmann on November 9, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this just to see Dylan Bruno. Didn't really have high expectations for the story, but it kept me interested.
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