You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2010

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

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It's sporadically amusing, and typically well-cast, but You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger isn't one of Woody Allen's more inspired late-period efforts.

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Two married couples find only trouble and heartache as their complicated lives unfold. After 40 years of marriage, Alfie leaves his wife to pursue what he thinks is happiness with a call girl. His wife, Helena, reeling from abandonment, decides to follow the advice of a psychic. Sally, the daughter of Alfie and Helena, is unhappy in her marriage and develops a crush on her boss, while her husband, Roy, falls for a woman engaged to be married.

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  • Jun 29, 2013
    Middling Woody, a cast of talented actors portray a bunch of not terribly interesting or for that matter likable people.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2013
    Despite a few funny moments, its still kind of boring. One of Allen's lesser efforts.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2013
    Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger falls into the passable, discernibly Woody-like, but certainly not one of the best, Woody Allen films. It follows two married couples, and the people within the relationships who decide, to their own detriment, that the grass is always greener on the other side. Like all Woody Allen comedies, it has its moments, with some strong situational and sarcastic humor, with the typical Allen flair for smart dialogue. However, it's occasionally tedious in what it has to say, often re-using the same joke, and never quite delivering anything especially insightful or unique. The film is acted well, with a strong cast of English and American actors. The chemistry on screen is noticeable, but the material just doesn't offer much for them to really elevate the film. It's message is too familiar for Woody, and the delivery is not particularly poignant or biting, like some of his best work. Ultimately, it's still smarter than the vast majority of romantic comedies out there, but isn't one of his best pieces. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2012
    I'm not sure why this film doesn't get better ratings, but my hunch is that it's because, compared to other Woody Allen everyone's-lusting-after-everyone-else ensemble films, this one's rather humourless. I thought that Brolin and Watts played a good exasperated couple, and that Lucy Punch was incredible as the mother-in-law that pushes every button Brolin's character has. Plus, as usual for Allen, there's a fascination with death on display, and the psychics and seances lighten the rest of the story's mood, which is a sombre one given that it's basically about writer's block and the dissolution of what should be a promising marriage. I really got into the characters, though - despite how despicable the writer Brolin played was - and I thought the story was captivating, if a little twee as it approached the end. A good film, or maybe, as a writer myself, one I'd have liked no matter what. In any case, I guarantee that it's not as bad as you've heard.
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