6.4/10
5,601
41 user 61 critic

Broken English (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 July 2008 (France)
Nora Wilder is freaking out. Everyone around her is in a relationship, is married, or has children. Nora is in her thirties, alone with job she's outgrown and a mother who constantly ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Zoe Cassavetes)

Writer:

(as Zoe Cassavetes)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dedication (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The romantic comedy follows a misogynistic children's book author who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend.

Director: Justin Theroux
Stars: Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Tom Wilkinson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a mystical Indian village, two women make a unique connection to a man they encounter.

Director: Nanda Anand
Stars: Lynn Collins, Kelli Garner, Justin Theroux
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her ... See full summary »

Director: Gregor Nicholas
Stars: Aleksandra Vujcic, Julian Arahanga, Rade Serbedzija
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a happily married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown party, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
William Wise ...
...
...
...
Carl (as Russel Steinberg)
Edit

Storyline

Nora Wilder is freaking out. Everyone around her is in a relationship, is married, or has children. Nora is in her thirties, alone with job she's outgrown and a mother who constantly reminds her of it all. Not to mention her best friend Audrey's "perfect marriage". But after a series of disastrous dates, Nora unexpectedly meets Julien, a quirky Frenchman who opens her eyes to a lot more than love. Written by Writer

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, brief drug use and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

16 July 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Americana em Paris  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,198 (USA) (22 June 2007)

Gross:

$955,625 (USA) (7 September 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Gena Rowlands (Vivien Wilder-Mann) is the mother of the director Zoe R. Cassavetes. See more »

Quotes

Vivien Wilder-Mann: The good ones get snapped up so quickly at your age.
See more »

Connections

References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking on the Moon
Written and Performed by Daniel May
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Plum Part for Parker Posey
9 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Zoe Cassavetes' "Broken English" is a comedy/drama about an attractive young woman who, through her neuroticism and emotional insecurities, keeps sabotaging her own happiness. Even though she works as a manager and troubleshooter at a trendy Manhattan hotel, Nora Wilder doesn't lead what one would call a particularly fulfilling life. Unable to make a lasting connection with any of the men she meets, Nora finds herself drifting from one meaningless encounter to another, a situation that only exacerbates her already deep-rooted fears and vulnerabilities.

In its structure, "Broken English" has a freeform looseness that keeps it from feeling over-plotted and contrived. And while there are times when the movie seems to be serving up pretty much the same scene over and over again, Posey's winsomeness and charm make us care about the character. In fact, without her, the movie would be considerably less compelling than it is. She manages to make a likable figure out of a character who might otherwise be seen as excessively whiny and self-pitying. And even though the mood of the film is generally light and playfully ironic, there is some genuine pain in the story as well, as Nora struggles with the very real issues of loneliness, panic attacks and depression.

The actress receives impressive support from Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos"), Peter Bogdanovich, Gena Rowlands, Justin Theroux and Melvil Poupaud, but the movie is Posey's all the way.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page