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A comedy for grown-ups, The Treatment overcomes some technical lapses by virtue of a sharp cast.
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The Treatment finds its agreeable pace. We've heard this particular story before, but it holds up to a skilled retelling.
Chris Eigeman finally gets to show his range in this romantic comedy.
A smart, tender love story.
Janssen is an intense screen presence. Too often she's stuck playing humorless towering antagonists. Here, happily, she's allowed to be a real person.
Eigeman has been in training for this kind of thing for years, but the pleasant surprise is Janssen, who shows a gift for clever dialogue. This is light fare, but it's smart, enjoyable light fare.
...our emotional involvement remains superficial, and we never get that sense of uplift that Allen's better romantic city tales have given us.
It's an intelligent and thought-provoking romantic comedy.
Its otherwise straightforward narrative does what it can to revive the corpse of grown-up romance, with just enough surrealism to save the film from its more serious impulses.
Valiant effort, but someone should have begged for a rewrite.
A small film about a high school teacher in an elite Manhattan prep school, but it's filled with large doses of wit and insight.
Oren Rudavsky's adaptation of Daniel Menaker's novel is a quietly enjoyable romantic comedy for adults who like to see characters acting like adults.
This film is so much more believable, amusing and entertaining than the crap we had to listen to in 'Knocked Up'.
A man undergoing therapy deals with life's twists and turns for him as he struggles to fit in. Its a Woody Allen film, in a word, without Allen. Janssen does okay as the love interest and Holm almost steals the film as the Argentinian Freudian (didn't the Nazis repratriate in Argentina after the war ... ?) trying to solve Eigeman's neurosis. Eigeman's not usually in the driver's seat and only fares as "okay" being there, but it's not his fault really. The script ... the script!
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Treatment", Jake Singer(Chris Eigeman) is a particularly unhappy camper, especially with his ex, Julia(Stephanie March), getting married.(Somehow he manages to get an invite to an engagement party.) As a prep school English teacher, he is having trouble reaching his students, while defending a gifted but troubled student, Walter Cooper(Lindsay Johnson). And his tough love psychologist, Dr. Ernesto Morales(Ian Holm), is not making things easy for him...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]...but then he meets the widow Allegra Marshall(Famke Janssen).[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"The Treatment" is a contrived romance that never truly comes alive, despite a good cast(of which Harris Yulin fares best), some quality moments and taking notice of the various economic strata exisiting in the small area of Manhattan Island. But even though the movie is about the need to come to terms with oneself, it is not a good idea to have such a self-absorbed lead character being on the same level as a recent widow.[/font]
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