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ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES

 Grade: B

 
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Genre: Comedy, Musical/Performing Arts and Romance 
Running Time: 115 min. 
Release Date: 09/07/2007 (Limited) 

MPAA Rating: R for Sexual content including some strong dialogue, and language.

Distributor: Boroturro Inc. 

 Nick Murder's journey into infidelity and redemption is explored through the repercussions of his adultery and doomed fascination with a flame haired seductress named Tula. For Kitty, Nick's long suffering wife, his treachery is the final straw. With faith in her husband shattered she surprises even herself with the ferocity of her anger as she struggles to cope with his betrayal. It is only through a tragic twist of fate that Nick finally understands the extent of the pain he has inflicted on his family. With time running out he discovers the essential value of Kitty's love and respect.

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I might have given this one a B+ if the end hadn’t spiraled downward the way it did. Being for the most part a “happy ending” sort of guy I struggle with any film that leave you feeling down and particularly when it doesn’t seem to enhance or bring the story to an inevitable conclusion. If I want to feel down all I need is to watch the evening news.

OK, end of rant. For most of this movie I laughed my ass off. Not only was it a musical, complete with a chorus and dancers, but it was real at the same time. The people weren’t beautiful, they didn’t live charmed lives or in a fancy house. They were a real (dysfunctional) family living real (pathetic) lives. With a cast including James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Christopher Walken (what a madman!) you would expect the acting to be wonderful but the cinematography was beautiful as well. This was a story of bravado, beauty, unfulfilled dreams, and harsh reality. Won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I'm glad I saw it before it left the theatre.

Grade: B
12/20/2007 - Bob Stanza
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