The Simian Line (2000)
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Director Linda Yellen spins this study of four couples as they struggle to maintain their relationships. Middle-aged divorcée and landlord Katharine (Lynn Redgrave) is completely smitten with her live-in lover Rick (Harry Connick, Jr.). She loves throwing parties, and on one Halloween she hosts a dinner for some wildly dissimilar guests: her tenets Sandra (Cindy Crawford) and Paul (Jamey Sheridan) are conservative professionals, while fellow building dwellers Marta (Monica Keena) and Billy
Jan 15, 2000 Wide
Feb 21, 2006
Gabriel Film Group
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An uneven, at times absorbing portrait of four couples struggling to define their relationships.
It's a banal little indie ensemble comedy.
It's partly the characters and partly the performers who are responsible for generating more feelings in the afterlife than the film's Weehawken Six achieve in here and now.
The story, such as it is, is hackneyed mush of the most contrived and patronizing kind.
One of those exercises in romantic whimsy that misses its mark: It's alternately sappy and uncomfortably harsh.
Reveals [Yellen's] mastery of artifice and theatricality in the service of eliciting genuine emotion and insight into human nature.
Somewhere buried deep within Linda Yellen's The Simian Line lurks a potentially interesting film.
We grownups need more of this kind of silly, sweet, knowing romantic movie.
It's telling ... that the most compelling performance in the film comes from Cindy Crawford, making her long-unawaited return to film after 1995's Fair Game.
You might think Weehawken is the epitome of dorkdom after the chimpanzee-less Line makes you choke on its old-fashioned, spiritless dust.
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