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November 13, 2006

A GOOD YEAR

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comRussell Crowe brings to bear his now-familiar acting tics in a not-so-tender romance by director Ridley Scott.

Peter Mayle’s novel is the basis for a story of self-discovery-via-vacation wherein filthy rich London stock shark Max (Crowe) travel’s to his recently deceased Uncle’s (Albert Finney) wine estate in Provence to prepare the sprawling property for sale.

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Max gets waylaid by fond memories of summers spent as a child on the estate with his caring uncle, by an aloof local waitress (Marion Coutillard), and by a newly discovered cousin (Abbie Cornish) with more than a little knowledge of wine.

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The combination of the narrative’s stagnant momentum and Crowe’s infamous obnoxious off-screen persona adds to the film’s disingenuous mood.

Rated PG-13. 118 mins.

2 Stars

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