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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute as Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Jones ...
Rupert Frazer ...
Jogging Partner
Kelly Harrison ...
Personal Trainer
Rollerblading Friend
Henry Strangler
Poker Friend
Poker Friend
Poker Friend


Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Woody Allen London Project  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$160,103 (USA) (24 September 2010)


$3,247,816 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before Lucy Punch replaced Nicole Kidman, Carice van Houten was considered to replace her. See more »


The napkin in front of Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) when at lunch with Helena. He unfolds it, then it's again perfectly folded. See more »


Sally: Actress, my foot! The only acting she's ever done is faking an orgasm.
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Hook (2010) See more »


Serenade No. 6 In D Major, K. 239 III Rondo Allegretto
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Sir Charles Mackerras and Prague Orchestra
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Interesting but ultimately a let down
5 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As with most Woody Allen screenplays there are moments of sheer delight in what is essentially a comedy of errors based around the notion we are always at our best when things are going for us. The story essentially revolves around the lives of Helena and Alfie, Roy and Sally, and Charmaine, Dia and Greg, the latter three representing the catalysts for changes in fortune and demeanour. The essential hook upon which lives change is, in this film, implied to be wishes if not spoken aloud then certainly "notions" lying only just beneath the surface. We observe the bad sides of people when things are going wrong. These hooks should come about through a kind of synchronicity about which Jung would have approved, but in this story, and in my opinion, the manoeuvres seem rather too obvious, predictable and unsubtle. This kind of lets the whole core message of the film down since grown ups should know how the cookie can crumble.

The story is not played out as a farce, but as a comedy drama with romantic overtones, and the acting is assured and capable throughout with Gemma Jones (as Helena), Anthony Hopkins (as Alfie) and Lucy Punch (as Charmaine) taking the honours. It is a pity the screenplay is so uneven because there are some excellent exchanges between the characters along the way. Essentially what ruined the whole plot for me was a failure to exact true closure on the whole affair which I took to be the reason for a rather rushed end. Perhaps Mr Allen wanted me to feel let down with all the character demeanour exchanges but I just think he ran out of ideas.

Worth a glance but not vintage Allen.

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