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Prime (2005) Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005QJ8GNS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,342 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Meryl Streep, playing New York psychoanalyst Lisa Metzger in her latest movie, Prime, doesn't quite get what she wishes for, and she certainly doesn't practice what she preaches. During the course of the movie, she learns some hard lessons about life, mothering, and standards - and the fact that her patients' standards are remarkably different from the values she asks of David, her twenty-three-year-old son.
Prime is a well-acted, astutely observed, and intelligently directed romantic comedy that is all about what happens, when your therapist discovers that you've been having a wild affair with her son. It's an absolute delight from beginning to end, not just because of the terrific lead performances from Streep, Thurman, and Greenberg, but also because director, Ben Younger seems perfectly adept at showing the perils and giddiness of romance from three very different vantage points.
Rafi (Uma Thurman) is thirty-seven with an established career as a stylist and a luxurious Manhattan apartment. One night, at an Antonioni retrospective, she meets the hunky twenty-three year old David (Bryan Greenberg) after they are locked out of Blow Up. Rafi has just recently been divorced and has been having regular counseling sessions with Lisa (Streep). Rafi is only too happy to share as many cherished details as she can with Lisa, including graphic depictions of what the sex is like with the new young stud in her life.
It doesn't take long for Lisa to wise up to the fact that Rafi is sleeping with her young son. As Rafi shares every intimate episode of her new affair, Lisa struggles to block out mental pictures she doesn't want to see and secrets she doesn't want to know.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
Recently divorced Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) finds a hot new relationship with a much much much younger man. She tells all down to the nitty-gritty details to her therapist Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep) not knowing that Lisa is her lover's mother. The situation gets quite sticky.

People looking for something new or unique will be disappointed. For people that like the guy girl on and off again misunderstanding it has rarely been done better. The difference is that the main characters are not portrayed ad ditzy and the therapist is not portrayed as "She Devil." The fake Jewish thing may be a little annoying; however without it there would be no story.

If you buy the DVD do not for get to listen to the voice over commentary as it make the viewing experience richer just knowing what they were trying to accomplish. Did they succeed?
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8be0d2f4) out of 5 stars Unexpectedly beautiful --- 29 Dec. 2006
By Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
I've seen this several times now (I actually lived this story -- a 30-ish woman who dated and fell in love with a 20-ish man) - the truth is very accurately portrayed here. Anyone can love (and be loved by) anyone. Love does what it does. I know that sometimes you just don't have a choice of you you love. The movie shows this relationship (just like any other relationship) having it challenges, as well as blissfully happy times. What I love about the movie is that it shows that the 30-ish woman just had a bit more wisdom, lived a bit longer, and accomplished somewhat more than her younger lover -- BUT that none of this mattered, because the younger man actually gave her love, which she returned. In the end, because of their differences, she used her wisdom and experience to do what was best for her lover. It ended a little sadly, but with love and beauty. Yes, this sounds slightly sappy. But, for those who've experienced the real thing -- I bet you can relate. Speaking for myself, my relationship ended painfully, but I don't regret it...because the love I lived in was real.
37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bb35090) out of 5 stars A romantic comedy about two lovers in their sexual "prime" 5 Mar. 2006
By Wayne Klein - Published on
Format: DVD
A comedy of errors and age differences, "Prime" (referring to a man and woman's sexual prime which are at different ages) is a clever film that didn't play well in theaters. Perhaps it got lost in the glut of holiday event movies or the lack of buzz because that's too bad. While it isn't a great romantic comedy it has charm and a great comedic performance from Meryl Streep as well as appealing performances (and chemistry)from Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg.

Rafi (Uma Thurman)is mired in a messy divorce that's taken all of the joy out of her life. Until she meets David (Bryan Greenberg)a man 14 years her junior living with his grandparents. Her therapist Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep)is pleased for her until she realizes that the stories that Rafi's been relating about her new love is about her son. While the film does occasionally steer into sitcom territory the appealing cast and performances keep the film on course most of the time.

"Prime" looks very nice in this widescreen transfer. For those who hated widescreen there's also a separate full screen release available as well. The special features are quite limited and could be better. While we get a decent commentary track from the director and producer, I'd rather hear the cast talk about their characters and in particular hear about the experience of Thurman and Greenberg working together in this romantic comedy with Streep. We get a standard "making of" featurette where the director discusses his inspiration (one of those hit-by-lightning moments when he wondered what it would be like if the girl he was dating was seeing his mother a therapist and neither one knew about the other). This romantic comedy certainly deserved more inspired featurettes--what about one on the trials and tribulations of women dating younger men?

While the film isn't perfect it's entertaining and has a marvelous comedic performance from Streep as well as great chemistry between Thurman and Greenberg on screen. "Prime" is an appealing romantic comedy that isn't a bad way to spent an afternoon.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bf2fa50) out of 5 stars Love is Not Just a Four-Letter Word 28 Oct. 2005
By Ismail Elshareef - Published on
This is one of those one-of-a-kind comedies. It's sexy, hilarious, bittersweet and realistic. Superb performances by Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and Bryan Greenberg add so much credibility to the plot and the sweetness of the story.

When 23-year-old David (Bryan Greenberg) who comes from a traditional Jewish family falls in love with 37-year-old Rafi (Uma Thurman), a sexy divorcee that believes in Christ, hell and heaven break lose. David's mother (Meryl Streep) is Rafi's therapist who helps her through her divorce and her relationship with this new flame, this young buck for whom she's head over heels. David's mom soon realizes that the man her patient is in love with is her own son. Confused with hilarity (Meryl Streep is fantastic playing a Jewish mama), she tries to be fair to both her patient and her son.

This is a film for everyone that's ever been in love. It's sweet, heartwarming and love affirming. Go see it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c7884c8) out of 5 stars Quality movie, limited DVD 6 Jan. 2006
By Sound the Sirens Magazine - Published on
Format: DVD
(originally published at Sound the Sirens Magazine)

If age was nothing more than a number, the characters in this Ben Younger directed flick would meander through this picture with very little to do. While entrenched in the typical romantic comedy type vehicle, Prime actually delves a little deeper than your standard studio fare. Keen on expressing character struggle and complicated relationship dilemmas, it is a juggling lesson between trying to be deep while still basic enough to cater to larger audiences.

Rafi (Thurman) is a 37-year-old recent divorcee who finds comfort in the much younger (14 years younger) David, an eager but naïve recipient of Rafi's desire for love. Having to deal with the generational gap is cause for concern, and coincidentally, Rafi's psychiatrist happens to be David's mom (played with sparkling flair by Streep). Cue uncomfortable conversations regarding David's anatomy and in-bed bravado and you have a talk no mom wants to be involved in. Herein lies the film's most interesting conflict- Streep is brilliant as she stumbles and fumbles through her son's apparent lack of concern for religious stability and love for Rafi as she tries to balance her role as psychiatrist and mother.

The relationship between the three is fun, emotional, humorous and by far, provides the audience with Prime's most interesting moments. It's these exchanges and coming to terms with the situation that gives Prime a certain "indie flick" feel to it- a bold step in trying to scrape deeper than the usual surface material found in more conventional romantic/comedic affairs. Whether it is Rafi and David dealing with their age gap ("if you like sex, no Nintendo!") or Streep's initial breakdown upon discovering the relationship, director Ben Younger advances through these situations with enough care to highlight the more serious complications while still making them approachable to viewers who prefer relationship conflict with less tension.

There are however, brief interchanges that make Prime feel as if it were a 20-minute sitcom pilot stretched far beyond the hour-mark. There's David's bumbling sidekick (Abrahams) who provides nothing more than cheap laughs, and a myriad of plastic characters that seem rather lifeless compared to the main three. They weave in and out of the narrative while never connecting with any of the leads.

Prime is interesting enough to ask the right questions about age, relationships (boy-girl, mother-son and so forth) and the outcome of the decisions made. It isn't without its faults as at times, it struggles to figure out just what it wants to be. For the most part, the film succeeds in being both entertaining and interesting, and when it comes to romantic comedies, it's more than you can ask for these days.

DVD Features: Not the kind of the DVD you buy for the extra features as they are few and far between. It's the usual stuff- outtakes, deleted scenes ... thankfully the film itself is good enough to warrant a DVD purchase.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bb739fc) out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise! 28 Dec. 2006
By Michael A. Newman - Published on
Format: DVD
Surprisingly good comedy about Uma Thurman who is seeing a psychologist (Meryl Streep) because of a recent divorce. When she is not working, Streep has the role of the stereotypical Jewish mother who frets over her son. One day she meets a much younger man, David 23. She starts talking to Streep about David but tells him he is 27. The audience realizes that David is in fact Streep's son but Streep has no way of knowing. Thurman asks her if she should really consider pursuing David, since he is so much younger. Streep tells her to go ahead and that it might help get her out of her depression.

Things get hairier as Thurman and David become lovers and Thurman starts describing in vivid detail to Streep about their encounters. Pretty soon Streep starts to figure out that Thurman's David is the same David that is her son. This almost causes her to have a heart attack since Thurman is not Jewish and a lot older and Streep knows all the graphic play by play of what has been transpiring between the two of them.

When she finally gets her own bearings she goes to her own psychologist to seek advice. Streep explains her moral dilemma and whether she should tell Thurman about her conflict of interest and stop treating her. The psychologist suggests that it is probably a fling that David will be done with in a couple of weeks and that if Streep has been very beneficial to Thurman then the disruption would probably cause Thurman to regress, Streep then feels it is in the best interest to continue to council Thurman no matter how personally embarrassing it may be.

What follows is a lot of uncomfortable conversations between Streep and Thurman where we see Streep with all her remarkable talent, squirming at the details that Thurman is presenting. Of course the audience knows that this will not be a fling and things will continue to get more dicey for Streep as the couple's relationship seems to progress to the next level.

This is a really fun movie and it is nice to see that Streep is just as brilliant in doing comedy as her usual drama fare.
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