Meryl Streep's ability to transform herself into anyone or anything is cause for a grin so wide it could swallow up the whole world.
Special guest reviewer: Mr. Smiley!
Mr. Smiley's rating:
Like having an orgasm and saving the whales, all at the same time!
There was so much beauty in this film that I couldn't help but smile my way through the entire thing.
First of all, there's Uma Thurman. Instead of trying to play younger, like most actresses would because of pride (the word pride is only one letter from being the title of this movie; isn't that great?), Uma actually plays somebody older than she is in real life. In the movie, Rafi Gardet (Uma) says that she's 37! Good going, Uma! Uma is only 35 in real life, but it's so wonderful that she'd be willing to play a woman anywhere near her own age. Uma isn't afraid. I think she's not afraid because she just looks so great and when someone ages well like that, well, I just have to smile. Uma could play 25 if she wanted or even 20, or maybe even underage. She just looks so amazingly young. Of course, the only reason some producer would want to have Uma play somebody who was underage would be to exploit her body and we all know Uma would never, ever do that. Doesn't it make you happy to know Uma has such integrity?
Anyway, Rafi, because she's so amazingly hot, attracts the affections of a much younger man, the 23-year-old David Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg). Rafi is recently divorced when she meets David. Rafi has been seeing a therapist named Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep) to deal with her grief. I just think it's so amazing that Rafi would journey on that long path of self-improvement. Therapy is so wonderful and helpful. So Lisa is happy for Rafi until both she and the audience discover that David is really Lisa's son!
Then Lisa becomes concerned for a number of reasons. Obviously there's the age difference, but there's also the problem that Rafi isn't Jewish and Lisa and David are Jewish. Now, normally I would frown on this sort of prejudice, but this prejudice made me smile because it's so funny and true-to-life. All the credit in the world goes to Meryl Streep for making a believable Jewish mother when she's not even really the slightest bit Jewish. Is this woman the best actress on the planet or what? She had me completely convinced she was Jewish. This was a transformation on par with Daniel Day-Lewis as that guy with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" or Tom Cruise as that wheelchair guy in that Vietnam movie or Charlize Theron as that mean, killer woman last year. None of those characters was Jewish. Meryl Streep's ability to transform herself into anyone or anything is cause for a grin so wide it could swallow up the whole world.
You should be primed to see "Prime"!
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