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Two Lovers (1/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time: 120 minutes.
This is the slowest,
most boring film I’ve seen in a long time. Throughout I was thinking
what the purpose of the film was because it certainly wasn’t to
entertain. Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) is a bi-polar man living
with his parents,
(Moni Moshonov) and Ruth (a scintillating Isabella Rossellini), who
becomes enamored with a neighbor, druggy Michelle Rausch (Gwyneth
Paltrow), who is having an affair with a married man. There’s really not
much story here, but it drags on and on and on for what seems an
For a guy with serious mental problems,
Leonard has the knack of attracting beautiful women, because, in
addition to Michelle (who looks like a movie star), Sandra Cohen (a
gorgeous Vinessa Shaw) is extremely hot for his bod. Why, is anybody’s
guess. Leonard is clearly not an attractive man. He looks like Joaquin
Phoenix, for heaven’s sake. And his personality makes nil look like a
New Year’s Eve party. But what director James Grey (who co-wrote the
script with Ric Menello) would have us believe is that this
apartment-bound guy with virtually no personality would be pursued by two gorgeous women,
one of whom is actually a normal person. It was too
hard for me to swallow.
The film sort of reminded me of “Punch Drunk
Love,” an Adam Sandler film that had a mentally challenged man fall in
love. Although the film made me a little bilious, I thought it
interesting and challenging, if not entertaining. “Two Lovers” doesn’t
rise to that level. Worse, the dénouement of Michelle’s affair makes a
mockery of commitment and marriage.
Good performances by Rossellini, Paltrow,
Shaw, and Phoenix
are pretty much wasted in this dispiriting film in which entertainment
value was ignored by the makers.
Never has a film flunked the watch test as
badly as this one did. I think I watched every minute pass. Tick, tock,
tick, tock. There are 7,200 ticks in two hours, in case you’re
interested. More scenes with Rossellini would have improved it, but
watching a film like this, even though Gwyneth did bare her breasts,
makes each second seem like an hour.
February 14, 2009