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MR JEALOUSY

SYNOPSIS:
Half a lifetime ago, when Lester Grimm (Eric Stoltz) was a teenager, he had the unpleasant experience of watching his date make out with another guy. Ever since then, Lester has had serious problems trusting women. When Lester meets Ramona (Annabella Sciorra), he vows that things will be different. Then he learns that Ramona has led a very active sexual life, and he begins to wonder what she was like before he met her, and whether her past track record might make her a candidate to cheat on him. One day, he follows one of Ramona's ex's, a semi-famous author named Dashiell Frank (Christopher Eigeman), and learns where he attends a twice-weekly group therapy session. Lester promptly joins the group. Unwilling to reveal his genuine identity and history to Dashiell, Lester pretends to be his best friend, Vince (Carlos Jacott). But things get a little more complicated than Lester ever could have imagined.

"This is one of those deftly made little comedies that are tough to market. Why? Because they're of the character-based, intelligent variety. Lots of talking, lots of interesting characters, and plenty of verbal repartee to keep one amused and satisfied. Writer/director Noah Baumbach has a keen eye for character and the spoken word, and this film, is a sharply observed piece about the dilemmas of modern relationships. All the themes are there, and one can argue that there's nothing new here on offer, but it's not originality that counts, but content, and Mr Jealousy is a smart, savvy film, beautifully structured and impeccably acted, especially by dynamic leads Eric Stoltz and Annabella Sciorra. Of course, it's a film that also requires much attention by an observant audience; perhaps that is why the movie has taken a year to land on Australian screens. Films like this deserve better."
Paul Fischer

"Mr Jealousy reminds me of a car with its engine running; it makes the right noises and has travel potential - but it just doesn't get there. Indeed, it doesn't even get going. The problem is, as usual, in the script. The concept is terrific, basically, and the structure that interlinks the characters is essentially dynamic. But many of the characters don't fully engage, and the action is too often spoken instead of being action - as in the act of doing."
Andrew L. Urban

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0
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SOFCOM MOVIE TIMES

MR JEALOUSY (M15+)
(US)

CAST: Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Christopher Eugemann, Carlos Jacott, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Brian Kerwin, Peter Bogdanovich, Bridget Fonda, John Lehr, Noah Baumbach, Andrew Mills
DIRECTOR: Noah Baumbach
PRODUCER: Joel Castleberg
SCRIPT: Noah Baumbach
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steven Bernstein
EDITOR: J. Kathleen Gibson
MUSIC: Robert Een, Luna
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Anne Stuhler
RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: December 3, 1998







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