Director Maria Maggenti says it best in the commentary for Puccini for Beginners: ”This is a talky movie about self-absorbed people in New York City.” Allegra (Elizabeth Reaser) falls for a perky glassblower (Mol) and a brainy professor (Kirk) — ex-lovers themselves. Unfortunately, the romantic entanglements are more exhausting than intriguing. EXTRAS The commentary, however, is full of fun footnotes: Mol actually made a pretty glass paperweight; her mom’s painting hangs in Allegra’s living room; Maggenti’s apartment served as the main set. C+
Genre: Comedy, Romance; Starring: Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Gretchen Mol; Director: Maria Maggenti; Author: Maria Maggenti; Release Date Limited: 02/02/2007; Runtime (in minutes): 82; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Strand Releasing
Posted July 6 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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