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 (Dylan Bruno) are rock musicians. Also at the party is wacky psychic Arnita (Tyne Daly). During dinner, Arnita sees the spirits of another couple: Mae (Samantha Mathis), a flapper from the 1920s, and Katharine's great-grandfather Edward (William Hurt). Unnerved, Arnita predicts that one couple will split up by year's end. Though initially shaken, the guests brush her off as a nut. Yet toward the year's end, Katharine grows increasingly jealousy of Rick's flirtation with Sandra.
R (language and some sexuality)
Comedy , Drama
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Gabriel Film Group

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Lynn Redgrave
as Katharine
Dylan Bruno
as Billy
Tyne Daly
as Arnita
William Hurt
as Edward
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Critic Reviews for The Simian Line

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

An uneven, at times absorbing portrait of four couples struggling to define their relationships.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

It's a banal little indie ensemble comedy.

March 22, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2001
New York Observer
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The story, such as it is, is hackneyed mush of the most contrived and patronizing kind.

November 16, 2001
Top Critic

One of those exercises in romantic whimsy that misses its mark: It's alternately sappy and uncomfortably harsh.

November 16, 2001
New York Post
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Reveals [Yellen's] mastery of artifice and theatricality in the service of eliciting genuine emotion and insight into human nature.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Simian Line

A refreshing take on the fragility of human relationships. "The Simian Line" reveals the ease in which we question the motives and thoughts of our loved ones, in this case by the suggestion of a supernatural reader, and their commitments to us. With humor sprinkled throughout the plot, and the diversity of relationships it deals with - ultimately, "The Simian Line" is a film without aesthetic or topical redundancies.

Samuel  Fishman
Samuel Fishman

Was I supposed to enjoy this more, it seemed like I was supposed to but I just had a huge time sitting through it and I admit i didn't pay much attention to the movie.

Super Kawaii
Super Kawaii

Offbeat little film has it's moments and a wonderful cast, but ultimately doesn't work as a whole. It tackles too many story lines and found the editing to be distracting.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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