Café Society (2016) Rated PG-13

cafe-societyA Bronx man moves to Hollywood and falls for a woman dating a married man. Starring Steve Carell, Sheryl Lee, Todd Weeks, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey, Blake Lively.

This classic Woody Allen film explores the nuances of complicated relationships, but not with the same awkward finesse as some of his other films. Eisenberg does his best as a young Woody Allen, but he falls short of the mark.  I found myself bothered by odd elements in the film that distracted me from fully enjoying it.  For instance, why did they include the scene with the hooker; if he wasn’t even going to go through with it, why did he even consider it? Eisenberg’s character seemed to suffer from a guilty conscience about each girl he was with, and he lacked the trademark sharp wit that Allen’s other leading characters possess.  Add in Stewart’s character, and all I could think about was how art imitates life, causing me to find her character untrustworthy.  This is not Allen’s best film, but it’s not the worst either.  It’s still worth a watch.

 

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