Adore Adore has the distinction of featuring some of the most laughable dialogue in any movie this year. Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright), who… Adore Adore has the distinction of featuring some of the most laughable dialogue in any movie this year. Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright), who… 2013-09-06 R PT110M Drama Robin Wright Naomi Watts
Movie Review

Adore (2013)

MPAA Rating: R
J'ADORE OR A BORE? A film about two moms sleeping with each other's sons sounds reminds us of a holiday-themed Lonely Island track
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J'ADORE OR A BORE? A film about two moms sleeping with each other's sons sounds reminds us of a holiday-themed Lonely Island track
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Sep 06, 2013; Rated: R; Length: 110 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Robin Wright and Naomi Watts

Adore has the distinction of featuring some of the most laughable dialogue in any movie this year. Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright), who are blond, lithe, and beautiful lifelong friends, are seated on a backdoor patio in their lush Australian seaside town when Lil asks, ''How are you feeling?'' Roz replies, ''Good.'' Lil: ''Yeah, me too.'' Roz: ''Yeah, in fact, I can't remember being this happy.'' The reason this exchange is absurd to the point of giggliness is that Lil and Roz are discussing, with smirky approval, the fact that each of them is sleeping with the other's teenage superhunk son.

Roz, who runs an art gallery and is cozily married to Harold (Ben Mendelsohn), a drama teacher, doesn't want to follow him to Sydney for the sake of a university job. Lil, a sad-eyed widow, has never gotten back in touch with her sexuality. So the two start...boinking each other's kids? Let's be clear about the ludicrousness of Adore. It's not that these two women couldn't plausibly be carrying on hot affairs with younger men — it's that the four characters are presented as being ''just like family,'' so that the film ends up showcasing, and then winking away, its own quasi-incestuous overtones. There is also — wait for it — a suppressed lesbian dimension: The two women can't admit to each other that they're in love, so this is their way of connecting sensually. Adore traces the ups and downs of the two affairs over the course of years, as if it were trying to be the Brokeback Mountain of forbidden cross-maternal kink. But it's closer to a Penthouse Forum letter shot through an art-film haze. C- (Also available on VOD)

Originally posted Sep 04, 2013 Published in issue #1276 Sep 13, 2013 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Oct 19 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Fury
Sony
$23.5 1 $23.5 C+
2.
Gone Girl
Fox
$17.8 3 $107.1 A
3. $17.0 1 $17.0 A-
4. $12.0 2 $36.9 B
5.
The Best of Me
Relativity
$10.2 1 $10.2 D
6.
Dracula Untold
Universal
$9.9 2 $40.7 C
7.
The Judge
Warner Bros.
$7.9 2 $26.8 B
8.
Annabelle
Warner Bros.
$7.9 3 $74.1 F
9. $5.4 4 $89.2 D
10. $4.5 5 $90.8 B-
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