Big question: Does the world need another story of intellectual New Yorkers and their relationship problems?
rating (out of four)
- Movie review: 'Puccini for Beginners'
this week's movies
Catch it: If you like ridiculous metaphors. At one point Allegra implies that her sexual confusion is a toss-up between preferring steak or salad. Classy!
Bottom line: "Puccini for Beginners" has less style and personality than "Sex and the City" and an even stronger notion that the world revolves around relationships. Never perceptive or funny or particularly heartfelt, the film is a comedy of errors with far more errors than comedy.
Bonus: Miss your college days? Apparently they never have to end, as Philip is an assistant professor at Columbia and still appears to live in a dumpy college dorm. Anyone in the mood for pizza?
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'Puccini for Beginners'
Directed and written by Maria Maggenti; photographed by Mauricio Rubinstein; edited by Susan Graef; production designed by Aleta Shaffer; music by Puccini, others; produced by Eden H. Wurmfield, Gary Winick, Jake Abraham. A Strand Releasing release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:21. No MPAA rating (language, nudity, sensuality and sexual themes).
Allegra - Elizabeth Reaser
Philip - Justin Kirk
Grace - Gretchen Mol
Molly - Jennifer Dundas
Samantha - Julianne Nicholson
Nell - Tina Benko