An OB-GYN suspects her College Professor husband is cheating on her with his students, so she hires an escort (high-paid hooker) to seduce him by pretending to be a language student. Because, logically, if he's cheating on the wife, he'll surely fall for the escort, and then the wife really has dirt on him.
This is mostly a drama with some thriller tossed in.
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried. If you don't know who Amanda Seyfried is, she's best known (to me) as Sarah Henrickson on Big Love, although if you've seen Mamma Mia! (which I haven't) she starred in that, and some other flicks. She's an up-and-comer getting a lot of movie offers lately, which is probably why she quit Big Love. And she has really big eyes.
Note: if you don't like watching movies with naked Amanda Seyfried and/or naked Julianne Moore, then don't watch this one.
Has some dirty dirty language and nudititties. Not a flick for the childrens.
Was interesting and entertaining almost entirely throughout, even though I correctly guessed where the plot goes early on in the flick. It was still interesting to watch it unfold. The flick kept my attention, didn't let it wander or make me sleepy at any point.
I didn't guess the ending, and actually I didn't particularly like the ending so much, but whatever. I enjoyed the flick overall.
Thinking about it, I sometimes feel sorry for my wife when we watch movies and I verbally predict what's gonna happen in the movie before it does. Sometimes it's a fun exercise, but other times it really pisses her off. I probably ruin her moviewatching experience. :(
If you like dramas with a little thriller mixed in, this might work for you. The cast did fine with the roles they were given, despite varying depths of character development. Basically anything past the 3 major players gets really shallow. No technical complaints either, shot compositions/locations/sound are all handled so well that I didn't even think about them - they enveloped the story and didn't detract nor overpower the story, which is good IMO. Has some plot quirks, but they're easily glossed over. Some sections of dialog are really well written and stand out above most of the other dialog, because they add depth and aren't just spoken to get to the next scene. And some really deep, serious, emotive acting is demanded out of Seyfried and Moore and they do quite well delivering. Kudos. Liam Neeson steps up when he needs to deliver for his character too.
Trivia: Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore have the same birthday. Except Seyfried was born 25 years later. So yes, if you do the math, Moore is 50 and Seyfried is 25. Oh and Neeson is 58. Just ignore all that when watching the movie.
(original post 29 Aug 2010)