Just couldn’t stomach the gentle, European whimsy of Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love? Woody Allen’s follow-up might be more your speed.
Though the film stars an Australian and a Brit – Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins – it’s the first Allen joint in four years that’s actually set stateside. The story follows an American-accented Blanchett as Jasmine, a socialite who moves from New York City to San Francisco after she and her wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) lose all their money. (Baldwin doesn’t seem to make the trip with Blanchett; he appears to be a Bernie Madoff-type figure.) Hawkins plays Jasmine’s mousier sister. The cast is rounded out by actors you’d expect to see in an indie movie or Woody Allen production (Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg), as well as a few … less predictable names (Andrew Dice Clay??).
Turn up the jazz: Blue Jasmine hits theaters July 26.