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Town & Country (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Afflicted with extensive re-editing and re-writing, this sex comedy feels confusingly choppy. Also, the main characters are so wealthy and privileged that it's difficult to feel sympathy for their problems.

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This long-delayed romantic comedy from director Peter Chelsom stars Warren Beatty as a wealthy New York architect, Porter Stoddard. The revelation that his best friend Griffin (Garry Shandling) is cheating on his wife Mona (Goldie Hawn) leads to a mid-life crisis of sorts for Porter, jeopardizing his marriage to Ellie (Diane Keaton). When Mona leaves Griffin for her family's antebellum home in Mississippi, Porter accompanies her to lend his professional assistance in designing some home improvements and ends up entangled in a romantic assignation with his best friend's estranged wife. He then embarks on a series of other illicit, comical affairs. Among Porter's conquests are a cellist, Alex (Nastassja Kinski), the beautiful Eugenie (Andie MacDowell), and a Halloween reveler named Auburn (Jenna Elfman). He also runs afoul of Eugenie's overprotective father (Charlton Heston), who's armed with a shotgun and disturbingly unable to view his daughter as an adult. Town & Country (2001) is based on a script co-written by Buck Henry.

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Cast

Warren Beatty
as Porter Stoddard
Diane Keaton
as Ellie Stoddard
Andie MacDowell
as Eugenie Claybourne
Charlton Heston
as Mr. Claybourne
Marian Seldes
as Mrs. Claybourne
Tricia Vessey
as Alice Stoddard
Josh Hartnett
as Tom Stoddard
Buck Henry
as Suttler
Holland Taylor
as Mistress of Ceremonies
Terri Hoyos
as Yolanda
Del Zamora
as Alejandro
Tony Abatemarco
as McKlellen
Eve Crawford
as Margaret
Faith Geer
as Mrs. Hadley
Ian McNeice
as Peter Principal
Azura Skye
as Spider
Chris Tuttle
as Quasimodo
Stephen Fischer
as Tour Guide
Ken Kensei
as Translator
Masayasu Nakanishi
as Japanese Guset No. 1
Akira Takayami
as Japanese Guest No. 2
Stephen Singer
as Male Party Guest
Lois Robbins
as Female Party Guest
Morag Dickson
as Griffin's Redhead
Carlos K. McAfee
as Golf Caddy
David Lindstedt
as Party Guest
Lisa Ekdahl
as Herself -- Singer
Johnny Brown
as Chauffeur
Mark Matheisen
as Juke Joint Guy
Christopher Kubasik
as Dinnerware Man
Scott Adsit
as Cab Driver
Angelo Tiffe
as Man at Table
Tom Billett
as Guard No. 1
Bonnie Ellen Miller
as Lady on Stairs
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Critic Reviews for Town & Country

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (26)

An antediluvian portrayal of male midlife crisis, reducing any imaginable extramarital complication to a crass matter of gender warfare.

May 2, 2001
Village Voice
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Nothing [the couples] can say or do can make me care whether they stay together or split up or turn gay.

April 27, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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The whole thing is too big, too loud, too expensive and has too much Diane Keaton.

April 27, 2001 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Town & Country is no Ishtar, but it's no Shampoo either.

April 27, 2001
Toronto Star
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Bland, disjointed and becomes increasingly bizarre as the film progresses.

April 27, 2001 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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The movie's not bad enough to be world-ending, merely clumsy enough to make the offending studio exec clean out his desk.

April 27, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Town & Country

½

I thought this movie was fun. It's about two couples who through several years of marriage find themselves in crisis because the men are unfaithful to their wives. This movie wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. Fun to watch though.

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Naughtia Nahazhina

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½

Cast: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Nastassja Kinski, Garry Shandling, Andie MacDowell, Jenna Elfman, Marc Casabani, Josh Hartnett, Buck Henry, Charlton Heston, Marian Seldes, Katharine Towne, Tricia Vessey Director: Peter Chelsom Summary: Porter Stoddard (Warren Beatty) finds himself knee-deep in trouble when he cheats on his wife (Diane Keaton) with the gorgeous Alex (Nastassja Kinski). And his best friend (Garry Shandling) is no help; he's cheating on his wife (Goldie Hawn) with another man! Together, the philandering pair heads to Idaho to escape their troubles -- but midlife malaise and new temptations might just derail the duo. My Thoughts: "I wanted to see a fun and funny movie, and it's exactly what I got with this film. I laughed throughout the film. It is by far not the best comedy or the best work these actor's have done. The script is all over the place. BUT, it is what I was looking for in a film tonight. Lots of great off-beat characters. Especially the Claybourne family. Hysterical! It's just what I wanted, to turn off the brain and relax and just enjoy a laugh. Definitely a comedy I wouldn't mind seeing again."

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