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The Simian Line (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  15 January 2000 (USA)
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In addition to declaring that Katharine's (Lynn Redgrave) head and heart line are hopelessly fused into one "simian line", eccentric palm reader/fortune-teller Arnita (Tyne Daly) makes a ... See full summary »

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In addition to declaring that Katharine's (Lynn Redgrave) head and heart line are hopelessly fused into one "simian line", eccentric palm reader/fortune-teller Arnita (Tyne Daly) makes a dire prediction: By the end of the year, one of the couples present at a Halloween party will have broken up. But will it be Katherine and her much-younger boyfriend Rick (Harry Connick Jr.); her upstairs tenants Marta and Billy or new yuppie neighbors Sandra (Cindy Crawford) and Paul? Fueled by Arnita's prediction, each of the couples begins to drift apart in a sea of doubt and distrust. Can the "divine" intervention of two well-meaning ghosts (William Hurt and Samantha Mathis) keep these earthly conflicts from erupting into multiple self-fulfilling prophecies? Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
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In the opening credits the name Jeremy Zelig is spelled Jeremy Zwlig. In the closing credits it is spelled Jeremy Zelig. See more »

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Mae: There are 8 million stories in Manhattan. This ain't one of them. This story takes place in Weehawken, New Jersey, right across the river.
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Fun, romantic story about 4 couples in love
11 April 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Hamptons International Film Festival. It was definitely my festival favorite. It was also a treat to see Harry Connick Jr., Samantha Mathis, the director, Linda Yellen, and the child star there. They gave a great interview. It was a lot of fun.

The Simian Line tells the story of three couples who get together for a Halloween party. They bring in a psychic (played by a VERY funny Tyne Daly), who finds that there are ghosts in the house (William Hurt and Samantha Mathis). Hurt plays a Southern Gentleman and Mathis a whimsical 1920's flapper. When no one belives her, Daly angrily reveals that one of the couples will be forever broken up by New Years.

From here, the audience watches the relationships mingle and shift shape while the couples try to remain together. One of the couples is Harry Connick Jr and Lynn Redgrave. They maintian a May/December romance. Redgrave plays her part with such power, I wouldn't be surprised to see an Oscar award next year. Cindy Crawford and Jamie Sheridan are another couple. Sheridan is the wall street exec. working endlessly on a merger, while Crawford is the patient wife trying to start a party planning business. Crawford is surprisingly good in this "glamour"-less role. The third couple are Monica Keena and Dylan Bruno who play two 20-somethings trying to make it as rock stars. (Keena belts out a great song entitled "Kiss My Ass.")

All in all, I really liked this movie because it had several funny moments which got me laughing out loud, as well as some deeply moving emotional scenes. I would recommend this movie to anyone, but I would say it's an especially good "date movie".


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