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Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 10 June 2011 (USA)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Gil
Rachel McAdams ... Inez
Kurt Fuller ... John
Mimi Kennedy ... Helen
Michael Sheen ... Paul
Nina Arianda ... Carol
Carla Bruni ... Museum Guide
Maurice Sonnenberg Maurice Sonnenberg ... Man at Wine Tasting
Thierry Hancisse ... 1920's Partygoer
Guillaume Gouix ... 1920's Partygoer
Audrey Fleurot ... 1920's Partygoer
Marie-Sohna Condé Marie-Sohna Condé ... 1920's Partygoer (as Marie-Sohne Condé)
Yves Heck ... Cole Porter
Alison Pill ... Zelda Fitzgerald
Tom Hiddleston ... F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Storyline

Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents' business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil's daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he's about to marry. Written by napierslogs

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,048,445 (Spain), 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$599,003, 22 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,816,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,119,219
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carla Bruni, who plays the tour guide at the Rodin Museum, was also the First Lady of France at the time of filming (she has been married to then-President of France Nicholas Sarkozy since February 2008). See more »

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Zelda Fitzgerald says to Gil, "You have a glazed look in your eye, stunned, stupefied, anesthetized, lobotomized..." Lobotomies were introduced in 1935. See more »

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[first lines]
Gil: This is unbelievable! Look at this! There's no city like this in the world. There never was.
Inez: You act like you've never been here before.
Gil: I don't get here often enough, that's the problem. Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? Imagine this town in the '20s. Paris in the '20s, in the rain. The artists and writers!
Inez: Why does every city have to be in the rain? What's wonderful about getting wet?
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The Sun Also Rises come to life, in a way...a fun, lightweight time trip
12 July 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Total wish fulfillment. Who wouldn't want to drift back now and then and visit some cultural heroes in their own time--you know, Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Picasso?

Well, that's all this movie does. It does it brilliantly, and in the "flashbacks" which are really more like time travel scenes, the set design, music, and invented dialog of these icons is terrific. Like many people, I think Paris in the 1920s was the greatest cultural hot spot since Florence in the Renaissance.

But that's all this movie really does, and if it's enough, you're going to love it. The plot laid over this, including a strained and irritating cast of early 21st Century ungrateful Ugly Americans, is painful. Not only does it seem false (like these are just "types" without real depth), but it's crudely filmed (lighting and camera-work) and actually badly acted, overall.

You might think this was all on purpose, to contrast in every way then and now. Certainly it's the same crew, same writer (Woody Allen), and same director (Woody Allen) in both parts of the movie.

And same lead actor, Owen Wilson, who is perfect in both roles (he is the one consistent presence). He's a dreamy writer who likes Paris in the rain. And he wishes he could just go back to those glory days when the arts were spilling out of the cafes at night on the Left Bank. So, by magic, he does, and so do we. If everything is a cliché, it almost has to be--Gertrude Stein played wonderfully by Kathy Bates, Zelda Fitzgerald by Alison Pill. There are some twenty famous people who show up (some briefly, like Man Ray, who is badly portrayed, and Josephine Baker, who doesn't get a speaking part, naturally). But they are all backdrop, in a way, to the idea, the time travel foremost but also the bigger idea that we sometimes think we'd be happier in another time.

And the movie ends on the sweet note that in fact we just need to look around at what we have in our time and appreciate it.

As a movie beyond just entertainment, it's easy to get frustrated. One good friend of mine, a true movie buff and not a Woody Allen fan, loved it. But he's a nostalgia freak. In the theater, two young women got up and left after half an hour, even while it was getting interesting. In my friend's case, he was taken in (as I was) by all the famous figures and what they might have been like (and what they might say). The two young women, I'm guessing, didn't know the references. They didn't know who Scott and Zelda, Cole, and maybe even Ernest were. Or didn't care.

Which is an important truth in this kind of movie filled with references. Like a lot of post-modern art, it's only good for insiders. Unlike Allen's "Zelig" (a far more inventive and zany and complicated film, if imperfect, too), the references here are mostly for an older cultured crowd. There are hints of his "The Purple Rose in Cairo" as well, a fantasy to another world, a seemingly (or actually) better one, but that's a brilliant movie filled with pathos. "Midnight in Paris" is an extended trick, a one-liner, and as fun as it is, keep at least some of your expectations slim.


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