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Town & Country (2001)

Porter Stoddard is a well-known New York architect who is at a crossroads... a nexus where twists and turns lead to myriad missteps, some with his wife Ellie, others with longtime friends ... See full summary »

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Vincent Lascoumes ...
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Barney (as Bill Hootkins)
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Margaret
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Porter Stoddard is a well-known New York architect who is at a crossroads... a nexus where twists and turns lead to myriad missteps, some with his wife Ellie, others with longtime friends Mona and her husband Griffin. Deciding which direction to take often leads to unexpected encounters with hilarious consequences. Written by Sarah Lean <Sarah.Lean@talk21.com>

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There's no such thing as a small affair.

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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27 April 2001 (USA)  »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,029,858 (USA) (29 April 2001)

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$6,719,973 (USA)
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Peter Chelsom and Warren Beatty clashed frequently over various details in the script and the visuals. See more »

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In the frontal shot of the Claybourne's house while everyone is in bed, there are no tire tracks in the snow. But when Porter sneaks out of the house a while later, there are fresh tire tracks from his SUV already leading away from the house. See more »

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Eugenie: Mother, I think you really have a problem.
Eugenie's Mother: You're damned right I have a problem. He won't do it to me anymore. Yes, his limp carrot is the root of all my problems. All my doctors tell me so. Every motherfucking one of them.
[Raises glass]
Eugenie's Mother: Fucking. Going upstairs.
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References Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »

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Ain't Misbehavin'
(1929)
Music by Fats Waller (as Thomas 'Fats' Waller) and Harry Brooks
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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a shallow film wrapped in a veneer of fluff
28 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

"Town & Country" is a comedy that is neither amusing nor funny. With more than its share of ineptly written dialog and clumsily staged scenes, it is atrocious. "Town & Country" is suppose to be a humorous look at the upper middle class and the sexual misadventures of two "happily" married couples. There are too many superfluous scenes that should have been edited out of the movie because they go nowhere. Then there are the sequences in which one immediately knows what will happen, but seem to be interminably stretched out as aggravating time filler.

If Warren Beatty wanted to look like a nincompoop, he has succeeded. "Town & Country" feels like a retread of past comedies, but very poorly imitated. As the jilted spouses, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn come off fine. Andie MacDowell's character manages to pad at least another twenty minutes to the film. She displays the amazing eyesight of an eagle because, while riding in a ski lift, she can spot Warren Beatty's character from at least thirty feet away when he is dressed as a fly fisherman with a floppy hat covering all of his hair and obscuring his face, reminiscent of Jack Lemmon in "Grumpy Old Men."

Nastassja Kinski, as a cellist having an affair with Beatty, received sixth billing and more than holds her own and is one of the few bright spots of this film. The opening scene has Warren Beatty watching her play the cello with her completely naked. He simultaneously confesses in a voice over that he is not interested in classical music and that he is making a mistake. The initial shot of Nastassja is from behind her in which we see two musical clefts symmetrically painted onto her naked back - except that this is a credited cello body double. The closing credits list the actors in order of appearance so that Nastassja Kinski is listed second after Warren Beatty - very clever on her part.

"Town & Country" was a box office dud that can best be appreciated if one is drunk.


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