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I Could Never Be Your Woman

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
Profanity:Some strong language
Nudity/Sex:Sexual references and non-explicit situations
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking, smoking
Violence/Scariness:None
Diversity Issues:Diverse characters, strong women
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
Profanity: Some strong language
Nudity/Sex: Sexual references and non-explicit situations
Alcohol/Drugs: Drinking, smoking
Violence/Scariness: None
Diversity Issues: Diverse characters, strong women
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: 2008

Usually when a movie has a limited release with no ad support it means that test audiences hated it and the studio has decided to cut their losses. But once in a while it has nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of the film and that is the case with I Could Never Be Your Woman. The title is awful, but the script and cast are great and the movie is a quiet gem.

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Michelle Pfeiffer plays Rosie, a television studio executive responsible for a sitcom called “You Go, Girl!” with a demanding star. The show’s appeal is fading and its cast has outgrown their roles — though they are still playing teenagers, most of them are married with children. In order to refresh the show and broaden its appeal, Rosie adds a new cast member, Adam (Paul Rudd), an appealing and talented young actor. He is interested in her but she is reluctant to respond because he is younger than she is and because she is still protective of her feelings following her divorce. Rosie’s relationship with Adam is endearing and appealing, but in every way the heart of the story is Rosie’s relationship with her middle-school-age daughter Izzie (Saoirse Ronan, the young girl who was nominated for an Oscar in “Atonement”). Rosie counsels Izzie about life in general and a boy in school in particular and the tenderness and understanding of that relationship is beautifully conveyed.

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But it never got any support from the studio. Even the trailer doesn’t do justice to the film. It looks sit-com-y.

The movie got caught in completely unrelated financial problems at its studio and never got a real chance in theaters. I am hoping that Rudd’s recent success will inspire audiences to seek out this film. It is uneven (though I love Tracy Ullman, I would have cut her scenes as Mother Nature). But it has a deft script, smooth direction from Amy Heckerling (“Clueless”), world-class performances, and a real feeling for the mother-daughter relationship. And Pfeiffer is an extraordinary actress. This film really gives her a chance to shine as a professional, a mother, an ex-wife, and a woman who is surprised and delighted to find out that she can still be surprised and delighted. Audiences will find themselves surprised and delighted, too.

  • Tracy

    I’m 18 and I really love Paul Rudd and Saoirse Ronan– Paul Rudd was great on Friends, and I’m a huge Atonement fan. I’ve been meaning to seek this one out for a while; glad to hear it’s a good one!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Tracy! Paul and Saorise are both terrific in this film. I think you’ll enjoy it, and I’d love to know what you think after you see it.

  • http://theravelledsleave.blogspot.com Lynn

    After reading your review, I checked this out from the library. *Loved* it! I will be looking for it at HalfPriceBooks and/or Entertainmart.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Lynn, you made my day! Nothing makes me happier that helping to find an audience for a film I think has been overlooked or suggesting a movie to someone who is happy to have seen it. Thanks so much for letting me know!

  • Your Name

    Caught this on HBO last week. I had never heard of it and thought it was delightful. As a senior citizen, I loved Tracy Ullman as Mother Nature. She says all the things that go through a woman’s mind as she matures and is pursued by younger men. I was 44 when I met my boyfriend and he was 35. Twenty-two years later, we’re still together. All the performances were strong and I agree about the mother/daughter relationship being central to the film. I also thought Paul Rudd’s work was good. He came across as funny, sexy, and guileless. I’m recommending it to my friends. Particularly the older ones. What a hoot!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks so much and I love your love story!

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