Prime - Review
Review by Jack Foley
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive menus, Bonus footage, Outtakes, Deleted scenes, Commentary by Ben Younger (director), Jennifer Todd (producer), Other documentaries (‘Prime Time Players’)
HAVING impressed with his debut film about Wall Street hustlers (Boiler Room), writer-director Ben Younger now takes a look at the softer side of New York with Prime, an endearing romantic comedy about a pair of mis-matched lovers.
Uma Thurman plays 37-year-old divorcee Rafi who falls for 23-year-old aspiring artist David (Bryan Greenberg) against her better judgement and begins an unlikely relationship.
With the age gap against them, few give the relationship any chance except Rafi’s therapist, Dr Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), who encourages her to enjoy herself for a while – until, that is, she learns that the toy boy in question is none other than her only Jewish son!
Prime functions on many levels and largely succeeds in all. First and foremost, it’s a frothy romantic comedy that benefits from some great chemistry between its attractive leads and some genuinely amusing scenarios.
But it also functions as a look at love across religion (in this case, Jewish), as well as between different age groups.
As such, it’s both funny and moving and succeeds in providing viewers with plenty to think about as well as keeping them entertained.
Younger does an excellent job of maintaining the right balance between emotion and laughter, providing audiences with a set of characters that are genuinely worth caring about.
Thurman, especially, is luminous as Rafi, combining the giddy excitement of being attractive to a younger man with the unease of being the older woman, while One Tree Hill’s Greenberg copes well with the challenge of dealing with a mature relationship.
Both interact nicely with Streep who also provides many priceless moments (and expressions) as the therapist and mother at the centre of an awkward professional and personal dilemma.
To his credit, Younger gives his talented cast plenty of time to work their magic, while enlivening proceedings with some suitably laugh-out loud situations and exchanges.
He also clearly has a passion for showing New York in all its glory and makes the most of some beautiful Manhattan locations that provide a fitting backdrop for the relationship to unfold.
The result is a pleasant surprise – a romantic comedy that’s capable of appealing to both sexes that’s smart and funny at the same time. It’s also evidence of a very talented writer-director who’s very much in his prime.
Running time: 106 minutes