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by Jay Seaver

"Ignore my numerologic obsession."
3 stars

I saw "Prime" about a week after "Proof", and, still keyed on numbers and a math nerd anyway, immediately glommed onto the fact that the stated ages of Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) and David Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg) are 37 and 23, respectively - both prime numbers, and spent entirely too much time trying to read something into their indivisibility by other numbers. I also, of course, immediately figured out that they were, in fact, in violation of the half-and-seven rule (37 / 2 + 7 = 25.5), and would be so for another five years.

I bring this up for no particular reason, other than having recently received an email from a man claiming he or she could always tell which reviews were written by failed filmmakers. As you can see, that's silly - I am obviously a failed physicist.

But, back to the movie itself. It's the kind of minor film that rests somewhat precariously between moods. It doesn't quite pop enough to be a light and breezy romantic comedy, though the quick synopsis (a woman, unbeknownst to her, starts dating the son of her therapist) suggests a romance under peculiar but amusing circumstances. The "trouble" is that one of the central obstacles for the pair to overcome is their age difference, and the film takes this rather seriously, pointing out that though both are adults, there are real differences in maturity and ambition; it also points out the quandry that Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep) finds herself in because while the advice she gives Rafi may be good for her patient's mental health, it may not be something she approves of once she sees the bigger picture. And it doesn't necessarily resolve those bigger issues in a glib way, or necessarily present them as silly.

So Prime doesn't fit neatly into a box. This is a good thing, in principle. The rub is that its desire to be realistic often works against its aim to be funny and even the attempts to make serious points; for instance the issue of Lisa's desire that David only date nice Jewish girls is extraneous, but pushes other, more important things aside. I like that writer/director Ben Younger is able to have his movie express a full, and realistic, range of thoughts and emotions, and that for the most part cancels out any feelings I might have that whatever impression the movie is trying to make, it's not making it as solidly as it perhaps should.

You can do a lot worse than "Prime". It's honest, funny, and kind of sweet. It manages to get the audience thinking about just WHY we get all skeevy about there being too much distance between a couple's ages (even if the older woman looks like Uma Thurman and the pairing isn't freaky-looking) while still having having space for jokes about - I kid you not - people being hit in the face with pies. You just not might feel as strongly as you'd like, afterward.

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User Comments

3/22/09 Heather Jones Very boring- a waste of my time. Terrible ending. Seemed like scenes were missing. Bad 1 stars
10/12/08 Shaun Wallner Boring!! 1 stars
5/11/07 MP Bartley Some cliches, but a cut above most rom/coms. Thurman is excellent 4 stars
4/12/07 Scooter Loved every minute of it! 5 stars
8/06/06 Phil M. Aficionado sincere, funny, flawed; watch & chuckle with a glass of wine and appreciation for 2 actors. 4 stars
7/23/06 Vera Mallard Nice, sincere and warm comedy with excellent performances. 4 stars
6/10/06 Chris Alot of my friends didn't like it but I thought it was Woody Allen funny, check it out. 4 stars
4/02/06 Monday Morning Lightweight to the point of meaninglessness. Uma needs to take her shirt off. 2 stars
11/27/05 Elizabeth S Enjoyed Meryl, but awkwardly juggles humor and poignancy. 2 stars
11/20/05 Brianna There was NOTHING in this movie. Horrible dialogue and apparently character development=sex 1 stars
11/20/05 alexandra i love Uma but this movie sucked 2 stars
11/07/05 astrotart Apparently sweet little boytoys are fun for us seasoned women... 4 stars
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  28-Oct-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 07-Mar-2006



Directed by
  Ben Younger

Written by
  Ben Younger

  Uma Thurman
  Meryl Streep
  Jon Abrahams
  Bryan Greenberg
  Annie Parisse
  Jerry Adler

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