Prime There's awkward funny, as in NBC's hit The Office , and then there's awkward awkward, as in Prime , a hackneyed romantic dramedy from writer-director… Prime There's awkward funny, as in NBC's hit The Office , and then there's awkward awkward, as in Prime , a hackneyed romantic dramedy from writer-director…
DVD Review

Prime (2006)

Prime | JUST WAIT TIL YOU GET MY BILL Prime 's Streep and Thurman
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JUST WAIT TIL YOU GET MY BILL Prime's Streep and Thurman
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Mar 07, 2006; DVD Release Date: Mar 07, 2006; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman; Distributor: Focus Features

There's awkward funny, as in NBC's hit The Office, and then there's awkward awkward, as in Prime, a hackneyed romantic dramedy from writer-director Ben Younger. Of course, Uma Thurman glows as Rafi, a 37-year-old divorcée who falls for a sexy 23-year-old. And Meryl Streep effortlessly kvetches as the therapist who discovers her Jewish son's girlfriend is her gentile patient. But any potential for a smart comedy is quashed by clumsy dialogue like this overshare between Rafi and her therapist/beau's mom: ''His penis is so beautiful I just want to knit it a hat.''

EXTRAS
Not prime enough. Commentary with Younger and producer Jennifer Todd details the Yiddishisms and NYC settings, as well as how they got permission to reproduce a Rothko painting. A making-of reveals the story's weak autobiographical roots and that Streep believes Younger has ''the confidence of an older soul.'' That's a compliment, right?

Originally posted Mar 03, 2006 Published in issue #867 Mar 10, 2006 Order article reprints
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