Maybe director-screenwriter Jonathan Demme wanted to punish Newton for their previous collaboration’s (Beloved) lackluster box office. Short of a vendetta, it’s hard to imagine why he would subject the promising actress to a painfully dry, confusing remake of Charade, the 1963 Stanley Donen chestnut about a woman running from her dead husband’s debts. The complete absence of chemistry (just how does a suave ’60s Cary Grant translate into a bumbling 21st-century Mark Wahlberg?) and linear story lines, combined with precipitous editing, give Demme’s Paris-set flick the feel of a bad, overextended music video.
Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Thandie Newton, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Dillane, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Ted Levine, Joong-Hoon Park, Tim Robbins; Director: Jonathan Demme; Author: Jessica Bendinger, Jonathan Demme, Peter Stone, Steve Schmidt; Release Date Wide: 10/25/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 104; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Universal
Posted April 4 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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