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The main problem with the movie is that it couldn't find the proper balance of comedy and drama, as well as most of the comedy falling flat. The movie also felt awkward, which may have been the point, but it was poorly done. The supporting cast (Dianne Wiest, Dan Hedaya, Charles Grodin, Kyra Sedgwick) are unfortunately wasted.
Pacino's heart was in the right place, but Levinson's brain wasn't.
A young woman, played by Greta Getwig, professor at a woman's colkepge, a lesbian, daughter of old friends, and a woman who has had a crush on Pacino's character for a long time, comes to visit. They ultimately have a relationship, she breaks up with her female partner, who us transgender, and assumes a romance with the man. The film goes from interesting to muddled to OK, but nothing to keep the interest for 90 or so minutes.
Great acting,that is the best that can be said.
Recommended For The Acting. prisrob 05-08-15
This was a passion project for Pacino and was independently financed for very small budget and it's unfortunate that this film wasn't able to find a broader release nationwide. It's also worth noting that this film offers some similarities to the more complete film Birdman which was released around the same time, but is still able to stand on its own as a compelling character study. One thing that I also liked about the film is its uneven tone, swinging from comedy to drama much like a lot of the Shakspere plays that his character plays in the movie, although this was what found most critics mixed about that movie. However, all of the critics do praise Pacino for his performance as it is the strongest point of this film and is definitely worth seeing.
Axler moves into his Connecticut mansion, complete with its own pond, woods and heated swimming pool. An early visitor is a 30-something woman who is a stranger to Simon. It turns out she is Pegeen (Greta Gerwig), the daughter of former best friends Asa (Dan Hedaya) and Carol (Dianne Wiest). Pegeen has always had a crush on Simon dating back to when she was 8-years old. She hangs around, much to Simon’s surprise. They talk, have dinner and share some laughs.
Simon, already a bit befuddled, learns that Pegeen had recently broken up with her girlfriend. Yep, she’s a lesbian. Why? Because she is now a he (Billy Porter). Pegeen decides to give old Simon a whirl, often with the help of a variety of sex toys. In one of the funnier scenes, Simon’s housekeeper lectures Pegeen on how to keep her collection of vibrators properly maintained.
Barry Levinson’s film, taken from Philip Roth’s novel, jumps around going from dark comedy to tragedy to drama, sometimes in the same scene. There is also an unnecessary subplot involving a woman Simon met at the rest facility who wants him to kill her husband.Read more ›
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