Barcelona (1994)

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Whit Stillman's follow-up film to Metropolitan is a tart and chilly romantic comedy about Americans abroad during "the last decade of the cold war." Ted Boynton (Taylor Nichols) is an American salesman based in Barcelona with woman problems. Tired of having beautiful women reject him, he decides that plain women are more accessible and vows never to sleep with anyone again until he has found the right girl. Into his life appears his loud-mouthed cousin Fred (Chris Eigeman), an officer in the U.S. Navy. Fred announces a prolonged sojourn and Ted reluctantly takes him in. The two cousins don't hit is off at first but they settle in to a common interest --women. The two hit the town looking for available women --Ted hoping to find love and Fred looking for hot sex. Coming upon a group of beautiful "trade fair girls" the cousins manage to find a girl suitable for each of their needs.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Turner Home Entertainment

Cast

Tushka Bergen
as Montserrat
Pepe Munne
as Ramon
Pep Munne
as Ramon
Nuria Badia
as Aurora
Thomas Gibson
as Dickie
Jack Gilpin
as Consul
Pere Ponce
as Young Doctor
Edmon Roch
as Javier
Debbon Ayer
as Betty
J. Harden Rose
as Audiotape Voice
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Critic Reviews for Barcelona

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

An exquisitely composed yet fiercely combative satire (set in the eighties) of European mores as seen through the eyes of two young exemplars of the American establishment.

Full Review… | April 2, 2012
New Yorker
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This is fairly amusing stuff-brittle, fresh, and impudent - if you can stomach all the upscale arrogance.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Barcelona

It's a shame that Stillman makes so few films. His talky feasts have attracted imitators and launched stardoms but films like this prove his originality.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

A film from Stillman that I actually thought I'd seen before, but upon finally viewing turned out to be something I was watching for the first time. Great little indie flick form the '90s, well worth seeking out for the snappy dialog that only seems to exist in these types of films. Worth a rental for sure.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Whit Stillman is like Woody Allen; if Woody Allen refused to make a film a year and really concentrated on saying something new with each film his makes. Don't get me wrong, I love Woody Allen but Whit Stillman has a handle over his craft that Allen can't seem to pin down. Stillman, like Allen, is all about social observation- delivering insights (and humor) into society through dialogue and situations "Barcelona" is a much larger step up from "Metropolitan" in terms of style, mood and execution. The film is darker and more confident. This helps the subtext remain pointed and mature and not as overly readable like in his previous feature. Stillman has this easy way of enveloping you into his films and "Barcelona" is a lovely yet acidic look into international social relations.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

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