Town & Country The hermetically wealthy characters who populate Woody Allen's Manhattan-based comedies of manners are models of realism and diversity compared with the expensively dressed humanoids scuttling… Town & Country The hermetically wealthy characters who populate Woody Allen's Manhattan-based comedies of manners are models of realism and diversity compared with the expensively dressed humanoids scuttling… 2001-04-27 R PT106M Comedy Drama Warren Beatty Goldie Hawn Diane Keaton Garry Shandling Jenna Elfman Josh Hartnett Nastassja Kinski Andie MacDowell FR Productions Longfellow Pictures New Line Cinema Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Simon Fields Productions
Movie Review

Town & Country (2001)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
D

Details Release Date: Apr 27, 2001; Rated: R; Length: 106 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Garry Shandling

The hermetically wealthy characters who populate Woody Allen's Manhattan-based comedies of manners are models of realism and diversity compared with the expensively dressed humanoids scuttling across the sterile landscapes of privilege in Town & Country. This expensive, coarse, and unfunny romantic comedy stars Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton as a rich architect and his well-designed wife celebrating 25 years of smugly happy marriage with their best friends, played by Garry Shandling and Goldie Hawn. Happiness doesn't preclude extramarital itch, however, and each man scratches in his own ''amusing'' way.

The architect's dalliances include a free-spirited cellist (Nastassja Kinski) and a sex-hungry, psychologically unstable heiress (Andie MacDowell) with a creepy attachment to her stuffed animal collection and her gun-toting father (Charlton Heston, undoing anything he says in defense of the NRA). Directed with a white flag of surrender by Peter Chelsom (Hear My Song), these characters are mannequins in search of hearts, brains, and courage. Also dramatic incentives, a decent plot, and dialogue that's more than a string of punchlines.

Originally posted May 11, 2001 Published in issue #595 May 11, 2001 Order article reprints
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