A Good Year


A Good Year

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A Good Year is a fine example of a top-notch director and actor out of their elements, in a sappy romantic comedy lacking in charm and humor.



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London-based investment expert Max Skinner moves to Provence to sell a small vineyard he has inherited from his late uncle. Max reluctantly settles into what ultimately becomes an intoxicating new chapter in his life, as he comes to realize that life is meant to be savored.


Russell Crowe
as Max Skinner
Albert Finney
as Uncle Henry
Abbie Cornish
as Christie Roberts
Tom Hollander
as Charlie Willis
Didier Bourdon
as Francis Duflot
Isabelle Candelier
as Ludivine Duflot
Kenneth Cranham
as Sir Nigel
Ben Righton
as Trader No. 1
Patrick Kennedy
as Trader No. 2
Ali Rhodes
as 20-Something Beauty
Daniel Mays
as Bert the Doorman
Nila Aalia
as Newscaster No. 1
Stephen Hudson
as Newscaster No. 2
Giannina Facio
as Maitre D'
Lionel Briand
as Rental Car Employee
Maria Papas
as Gemma's Friend
Igor Panich
as Russian Couple No. 1
Oleg Sosnovikov
as Russian Couple No. 2
Magali Woch
as Secretary
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
as Nathalie Auzet
Jacques Herlin
as Papa Duflot
Catriona MacColl
as English Couple No. 1
Patrick Payet
as English Couple No. 2
Mitchell Mullen
as American Customer No. 1
Judi Dickerson
as American Customer No. 2
Philippe Mery
as Chateau Buyer
Dominique Laurent
as Chateau Buyer
Stewart Wright
as Broker No. 1
Tom Stuart
as Broker No. 2
Catherine Vinatier
as Fanny's Mother
Marine Casto
as Young Fanny
Gregg Chillin
as Hip Hopper No. 1
Toney Tutini
as Hip Hopper No. 2
Philippe Bergeron
as Voice Actor
Edita Brychta
as Voice Actor
Hélène Cardona
as Voice Actor
Neil Dickson
as Voice Actor
Jean Gilpin
as Voice Actor
Nicholas Guest
as Voice Actor
Patrick Hillan
as Voice Actor
Frank Isles
as Voice Actor
Peter Lavin
as Voice Actor
Paula Jane Newman
as Voice Actor
Moira Quirk
as Voice Actor
Ian Ruskin
as Voice Actor
Linda Sans
as Voice Actor
Bruno Stephane
as Voice Actor
Karen Strassman
as Voice Actor
Jean-Paul Vignon
as Voice Actor
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  • Feb 16, 2014
    A Good Year is a perfectly enjoyable Sunday afternoon-type movie and an interesting departure for Hollywood heavyweights Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. Crowe is Max, an arrogant, workaholic London stockbroker who inherits a vineyard in the south of France from his recently deceased uncle whom he hasn't seen in years but with whom he used to spend summers at the vineyard as a child. Max hurries down to Provence intending to sell the property as soon as possible and then resume his fast-track life in London several million pounds richer. Things however don't work out quite so simply. Will Max grow to love the vineyard and decide to stay there instead? Will he also fall in love with a local waitress? Will he become a nicer person in the process? No prizes for guessing the answers to these questions. To its credit, A Good Year pretty much wears its unoriginality on its sleeve and makes no effort to be anything that it isn't. It's certainly as far removed from Crowe and Scott's previous collaboration, Gladiator, as it's possible to be. It's simply a straightforward, fairly sentimental romantic comedy, nicely scripted and acted with some beautifully photographed French locations. It's nice to see Crowe attempting to broaden his range; he's by no means a natural comic but I did enjoy his performance which recalls both Cary and Hugh Grant at times. He's also helped by the script giving him some very funny one-liners. The film makes full use of its lush Provencal locations with plenty of golden, sun-dappled cinematography, all the more beautiful for being set alongside the steely blues and greys of London. No reinvention of the cinematic wheel then, and far from either Crowe or Scott's best work but there are a lot worse ways to spend a couple of hours. 4 1/2 Stars 2-9-14
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2012
    Altho well made and scripted, with an A-list cast to boot, and Ridley Scott's sublime direction, there's nothing fresh in this generic romcom, making for quality yet forgettable fare.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2011
    It's a Romantic-Comedy that fails in the romance and comedy department. The story is oddly paced and Crowe seems a little lost trying to play a character in a Rom-Com.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2011
    From the director of "Blade Runner", "Gladiator", "Black Hawk Down" and "American Gangter" comes a romantic comedy. Of course, the funny thing is that this isn't that boring. Of all Ridley Scott movies to not be tortuously dull. If he was going to deviate from his routine, then he should have dropped the long-time business partner. Maybe Crowe could have worked if this was one of his very first movies and was buried in the sands of time, like "The Crossing" and "Heaven's Burning". And yet, a neo-nazi, an emotionally unstabble police officer, a war hero-turned slave-turned warrior looking to avenge the death of his family and a genius slipping into miserable insanity later, here he is, plowing face-first into a heap of cow manure in an abandoned pool after the diving board he was standing on collapsed. Well, maybe it also would have worked better if he did this film much more recently, when it would make more since for something to collapse from underneath him. Of course, the director and leading man being out of their element is not the film's only flaw. While the film is supported by good cenimatography, the occasional good joke and a decent story, it suffers from such flaws as bad dialogue, a corny score and soundtrack, painful cliches, a lack of realism and a lot of fall-flate jokes. As much as I've complained about the film, it does get better as it progresses and gets to a good point soon enough to ultimately be a decently enjoyable watch. Still, that doesn't completely excuse "A Good Year" for being yet another paint-by-numbers cheesy romantic comedy with the only evidence to support the legendary Ridley Scott's presence being his total lack of preparation for a film this far - and I mean far - out of his element. In the hands of a more adaptive director, it would have been fairly good, if not great.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer

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