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Format: DVD
Sku: 202149872
UPC: 025192630729
UPC 14: 00025192630729
Category Keywords: New York City  Romance  Theatrical Release  Therapy
Rating: Game Rating Code
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When rafi, a 37-year-old divorcee, meets david, a 23-year-old painter, it's love at first sight. But that love gets complicated - fast - when rafi discovers that david is also the son of her therapist! Rafi's about to discover that professional help is going to get very personal.

"...a funny and very sexy comedy. The year's best romantic comedy!  Jess Cagle, People Magazine

Editor's Note
New York City forms the backdrop for writer/director Ben Younger's (BOILER ROOM) PRIME, a gentle comedy that weaves a tale of two lovers trying to keep the flame alive as an unusual obstacle is hurled in their path. Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) is a newly divorced 37-year-old career woman who regularly spills her woes to her therapist, Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep). Rafi's love life takes a sudden upturn when she meets Bryan Greenberg (David Bloomberg), a penniless painter who lives on the Lower East Side with his grandparents and, at 23, is significantly younger than Rafi. Uptown girl Rafi isn't used to such differences in age and location, but the sex is great, and Bryan seems attentive enough, so she jubilantly tells Lisa in passionate detail about their blossoming relationship. The trouble is, the more Rafi tells her, the more Lisa realizes that the hot young boy-toy Rafi is busy seducing on a nightly basis is, in fact, her own son. The problems mount, with Rafi's status as a gentile not going over well with Bryan's Jewish family, and Lisa unable to decide whether to stop the therapy sessions or not.

Younger delivers a heady mixture of laughs and salient points in a film that settles snugly into familiar early-21st-century territory for romantic-comedy fans. He peppers the action with product placement, warm pastel colors in spacious FRIENDS-style New York apartments, and bitter recriminations that quickly turn to passionate makeup sex on more than one occasion. The director clearly enjoys a love affair with the city, with swooping shots throughout of the late-night Manhattan skyline providing the perfect setting as his two leads act out their bittersweet union.

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Video Features DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 106 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 26307
Video UPC UPC: 00025192630729
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bryan Greenberg
Video Cast Info Jon Abrahams
Video Cast Info Meryl Streep
Video Cast Info Uma Thurman
Video Cast Info Ben Younger - Director
Video Cast Info Ben Younger - Writer
Video Cast Info Bob Yari - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Kristina Boden - Editor
Video Cast Info Mark Gordon - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ryan Shore - Original Music By
Video Cast Info William Rexer - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 5 -- "The seriously gorgeous Thurman is effortlessly funny and affecting....Hilarious and heartfelt." 11/03/2005 p.105

New York Times
"This is a tamer, if also more polished, effort, and it has some moments of energy, both comic and sexual, as well as a fondness for real Manhattan locations." 10/28/2005 p.E1

Sight and Sound
"Thurman oozes star quality as she essays a convincing transformation from miserable divorcee to giddy lover..." 02/01/2006 p.78-79

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Thurman exudes confidence and sensuality. Streep's on good form too." 06/01/2006 p.50

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a touching romance, a knowing look at familial dysfunction and a truthful exploration of society's prejudices." 10/01/2006 p.122

ReelViews 6 of 10
Consider a movie that takes place in the Big Apple and features a heterosexual romance with an age gap, a dose of "Jewishness," a psychoanalyst, and an ending that doesn't pander to all the usual clichŽs. This may sound like Woody Allen - in fact, it often feels like Woody Allen (minus the expected helpings of angst) - but it's not. Prime is from writer/director Ben Younger and, while it's not up to the level of Allen's great romantic comedies (Annie Hall, Manhattan), it's better than anything the acclaimed New York auteur has brought to the screen in recent years. Prime accedes to a number of the romantic comedy formulas to keep aficionados of the genre happy, while at the same time flouting enough of them to remain fresh and engaging. It also manages the difficult task of making the material funny without turning in into a sit-com. (Although there are a few times when it threatens to cross the line - consider the grandmother with the frying pan.) Prime is amusing and romantic, and offers a few intelligent opinions about the difficulties of bridging cultural and generational gaps in dating. Movies often treat these issues as either inconsequential or insurmountable. Prime falls more realistically in the middle ground; the keys to success are not love and passion, but commitment and maturity. Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) is a 37-year old woman who, on the rebound from a messy divorce, finds herself head-over-heels in love with Dave Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg), a man 14 years her junior. And, as if the age gap is not enough, Dave is Jewish while Rafi is not. This doesn't mean much to Dave, but it's an issue for his mother, Lisa (Meryl Streep), who can't bear to think about her son in love with someone who isn't Jewish. Rafi confides all the intimate details of her new love affair with her therapist - the same Lisa Metzger who is Dave's mother. Both women are unaware of their non-professional connection until Lisa figures it out. At that point, she has a dilemma: terminate her sessions with Rafi or do her best to keep her composure and continue the therapy. While she is wrestling with this decision, Rafi and Dave encounter the first rough patches of their new relationship. Prime treads carefully around the issue of ethics. For us to accept Lisa as more than an interfering mother, we have to believe she has Rafi's best interests at heart, and we do. Although Lisa's sessions with Rafi are laced with comedic moments (such as one in which Rafi confesses, "[Dave's] penis is so beautiful I just want to knit it a hat" - something I'm sure no mother wants to hear about her son, no matter how flattering the revelation may be), there's an undercurrent of seriousness. Give at least partial credit to Meryl Streep, who refuses to allow Lisa to sink to the level of a caricature. By keeping her real, the film avoids a significant misstep. Having finished attempting to kill Bill, Uma Thurman gets a chance to relax in a less physical role. She outshines her younger an - James Berardinelli

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