The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.


Massy Tadjedin


Massy Tadjedin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keira Knightley ... Joanna
Sam Worthington ... Michael
Guillaume Canet ... Alex
Eva Mendes ... Laura
Daniel Eric Gold ... Andy
Scott Adsit ... Stuart
Griffin Dunne ... Truman
Stephanie Romanov ... Sandra
Anson Mount ... Neal
Stephen Mailer ... Client #1
John Treacy Egan ... Client #2
Justine Cotsonas ... Maggie
Karen Pittman ... Caroline
Jon Norman Schneider ... Server
Chriselle Almeida ... Hostess


Joanna accuses her husband, Michael, of being attracted to his co-worker. Wanting to make-up before he goes on a business trip, she assumes she over-reacted. But when they are both away from each other for one night, Michael ends up testing his loyalty to Joanna and his attraction to Laura. And Joanna tests her honesty to Michael when her ex-boyfriend Alex suddenly appears in New York for the day. Written by napierslogs

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Temptation can lead anywhere


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Jessica Biel auditioned for the role of Joanna Reed. See more »


When the characters Michael, Laura and Neal travel to Philadelphia, they are seen walking to the train tracks in Grand Central. However, if you actually wanted to travel to Philadelphia, you would have to go to Penn Station. The characters are seen on a Metro North Train. Metro North Trains only travel from Grand Central and go to Upstate New York and Connecticut. When Michael travels back to New York alone, he is seen on a Metro North Train, again. When the characters are seen exiting the train into "Philadelphia", they are still in Grand Central Station. See more »


Joanna Reed: It's funny how you can get up and have absolutely no idea where the day will go.
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Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: 24/06/2011 (2011) See more »


Filthy and Free
Written by Shilpa Ray
Performed by Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers
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User Reviews

My Number one movie
23 May 2019 | by kunagoSee all my reviews

This movie is not understandable for everyone. I do believe you need to have some life experience, some relationship experience marriage or long term to understand and feel it.

For me every actor plays their role amazingly. That's what makes movie even more better. You literally feel their emotions.

I have read so many wonderful reviews I just wanted to add that we look at Jo and Alex and we feel love and we think that it would have been wonderful if they end up together. But that's not the reality. It is beautiful and it is so desirable because it is not possible. Once it becomes the reality it will be all ruined.

One question that this movie brings up is about cheating and betrayal. For me Joanna has cheated "more" than Michael. You see Michael realizing straight away that he made a mistake and jumps on the way back but on the other hand you see Joanna fulfilled with emotions and desires but not for Michael but Alex.

Alex is a romantic movie for Joanna, she wants to have it as a perfect dream and every time she has this moment of unhappiness she could think of "what if"

The movie is amazing. My favorite and I definitely recommend to watch it. I believe anyone can relate themselves to at least one of the characters.

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Release Date:

16 February 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,505, 8 May 2011

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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