Romantic Comedy


Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Every once in a while, I like to check out a movie that I have never heard of before.  I was scrolling through a list of movies the other day and found one starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman that I had never heard of before.  It was a romantic comedy called Prime.  I decided to check it out.

            In Prime, Uma Thurman is Rafi Gardet, a recently divorced thirty-seven-year-old with a career in the fashion industry.  Rafi is having a hard time dealing with her divorce, but she is working on things with her therapist Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep).  Things are rough for Rafi until she meets David Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg), a young, talented Jewish painter who makes her feel amazing. 

            But Rafi is having problems with this new relationship.  David is attractive, attentive, talented and a lot of fun, but he is also over a decade younger than Rafi, hasn't had her over his apartment, acts strange about his artwork and has a mother who doesn't like his new relationship because Rafi is not Jewish.  Not to mention that she has trouble trusting people.  And there is the little problem of her biological clock ticking and David being way too young to saddle with child-rearing.

            Lisa is also having a problem with Rafi's new relationship.  From what Rafi has described to her, David sounds exactly like her own son...whose name just happens to be David and is a talented Jewish artist.  Once Lisa discovers that her David is the same as Rafi's David, she knows the ethical thing to do is to explain the situation to Rafi and end her therapy sessions with her.  Instead, she keeps this a secret and continues to see Rafi, despite all of the intimate details she is learning about Rafi and David's relationship.

            While Bryan Greenberg and Uma Thurman are incredibly nice to look at, they don't really seem to have all that much in common and you begin to wonder why they are even together.  There is really no on-screen charisma between the two, making their relationship less than believable.  Meryl Streep is actually the star of this film.  She has the funniest lines and her facial expression and discomfort while listening to Rafi spill the intimate details of her relationship with Lisa's son are hysterical, proving that Meryl can succeed in just about any film genre she sets her mind to.

            Except for the funny scenes featuring Meryl Streep, Prime really wasn't all that entertaining.  I won't ruin the end for anyone, but for all the time invested in watching the movie, the ending simply blew.  For a romantic comedy, this was anything but romantic.  Lots of lust and a little comedy from Meryl.  Otherwise, Prime was a letdown not even worth wasting precious time on.


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