Romance & Cigarettes

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This movie musical aims for fun and modern, but Romance and Cigarettes is too scattered and uneven to achieve either.

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In this musical that features characters lip-synching to classic songs, Nick (James Gandolfini), a Queens, N.Y.-based ironworker, lives with his wife, Kitty (Susan Sarandon), and three daughters. When Nick meets a significantly younger woman, Tula (Kate Winslet), he starts an affair with her, much to the chagrin of his wife, and his life is thrown into upheaval. Kitty kicks Nick out of the house, and he is forced to make some difficult decisions.

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  • Jun 14, 2011
    In agreement with Jim Hunter, unless you're Paul Thomas Anderson, having actors sing along with a recording of a song IS "remarkably lame." And especially since so much of Turturro's spoken dialogue has such intriguing rhythms (Kitty's "deep" poem), he should have gone the extra mile and hired a real composer. As is, the songs aren't as thematically relevant as the ones in, say <i>Singin' In the Rain</i> or <i>Moulin Rouge</i>, exemplars of this musical subgenre in which popular songs are put into a movie instead of originally written for it. Kate Winslet though. Man, has she got that va-va-vavoom! Love her trashy accent, her trashy dancing, her trashy talk.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2011
    An adulterous man deals with his unpredictable mistress and vengeful wife ... with songs. When I read the basic genre details about this movie, I was excited to see John Turturro's audacious musical, but I hardly consider this a real musical. After all, almost all the actors, with the exception of Mandy Moore, sing along with a recording of the song. Am I the only one who sees this as remarkably lame? Structurally, this film is a mess. We are introduced to the offending mistress way too late into the film, and when we're meant to feel for her and suspect that she has true feelings for the adulterous man, it's too late for us to have any emotional attachment. Likewise, the subplots involving Mandy Moore's character and Cousin Bo's laments come in too late so that they seem like diverging storylines, not foils nor a complete exploration of the main characters' lives. Overall, the plot of <i>Romance and Cigarettes</i> seems like as if everybody in the neighborhood had an idea, and every idea found its way into the script with little coherence.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2010
    The most basic thing you have to do for a musical is establish 'the rules' of the world it takes place in. Are the songs part of that reality or are they the fantasy of one or more of the characters? Even the film Chicago (which I'm not crazy about) establishes this and this movie does not. That and the movie is all over the place, is it a comedy, or a romance, or a bittersweet drama,etc.? Its a experimental film to be sure, but its one that fails.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2010
    The film isn't bad but it isn't great either. John Turturro has a good idea with the story of this film, but he didn't execute it correctly on screen. The film seemed like an attempt to make a Coen Bros. type of film like "Oh Brother Where Art Though?" That film was much better than this one. The film reminded me of films like "Everyone Says I Love You" and "American Beauty". Turturro does cast a great ensemble for the film. The problem with the film is that it feels unbalanced and uneven stylewise. Some of the musical sequence were great and funny and others were too over the top and not good.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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