A 'salt of the Earth' Missouri woman on vacation in Paris slowly gives in to the advances of a pushy--and very much married--French yuppie. Will their unconventional romance last until September, when she must return home?
Mo Alexander misses the plane in Paris that is carrying her tour group and her luggage back home, and she finds that it will take several days for the travel agent to solve the problem. In the meantime she meets Xavier, a true Parisian who sees her as an opportunity to enjoy himself while his family is out of town. Mo reluctantly begins an affair with him, wrestling with her conscience all the way. She is a challenge to Xavier's cultural identity so he can't easily dismiss her. They enjoy a beautiful physical and emotional relationship, and in the end, being in love with Mo alters Xavier on a fundamental level.Written by
This movie isn't terrible, really. Somebody commented that Mo is the type of American Europeans snicker at. But there are those, and not necessarily Anglo-Saxon yahoos, who do not care for Frenchmen; and the Xavier character isn't going to sway them.
Let's consider his stereotypical Frenchman attributes:
1). Cynical - very cynical. Check.
2). Reedy, underfed appearance, check, despite:
3). A great appreciation of cuisine. Check.
4). Lukewarm work ethic. Check. (Forget the fact he is supposedly a rich stockbroker, from watching him in the film he seems to put in ten hour workweeks.)
5). Beautiful wife, check. Despite that:
6). Loose interpretation of the marriage vows. Check.
7). Big sexual ego, which says an American girl owes you sex if you buy her dinner. Check.
Whether Mo is a hick or not, there's no reason for her to fall for this smug European twit other than the script dictates so.
On the other hand, as other male reviewers have, I did enjoy seeing Karen Allen's cute, petite body. I'll give the movie four stars; two of them are for that.
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