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The Longest Week (2014)

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Conrad (Jason Bateman) is helped by his old friend Dylan (Billy Crudup) and returns the favor by falling for Dylan's girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde).

Director:

Peter Glanz

Writers:

Peter Glanz (story), Juan Iglesias (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Conrad Valmont
Tony Roberts ... Barry the Therapist
Laura Clery ... Bunny
William Abadie ... Concierge
Stephen Temperly Stephen Temperly ... Jean-Louis Valmont
Alexandra Neil ... Maribel Valmont
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ... Young Conrad (as Seamus Fitzpatrick)
Barry Primus ... Bernard the Chauffeur
Olivia Wilde ... Beatrice Fairbanks
Billy Crudup ... Dylan Tate
Jayce Bartok ... Artist #1
Danny Deferrari ... Artist #2
Auden Thornton ... Woman at Gallery
Steve Witting ... Museum Host
Maureen Mueller ... Museum Socialite
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As he eases into adulthood at the age of forty, Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman), the over-educated, under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, is cut off from his allowance following his parents abrupt divorce and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of the Upper West Side. Luckily, he is taken in by his old friend Dylan (Billy Crudup), and returns the favor by immediately falling for Dylan's girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). As Conrad attempts to woo Beatrice while keeping both their relationship and his bank balance secret, Dylan tries to set him up with Jocelyn (Jenny Slate). Ever committed to the charade that he eventually finds difficult to maintain, Conrad quickly realizes his charm can only extend so far into debt. Now deep into an extensional reflection, will it take losing everything to make Conrad realize what he can truly become? Written by Official Source

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She had him at "I'm your best friend's girlfriend"

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking. | See all certifications »

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USA

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Release Date:

5 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 giorni per cambiare See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde also starred together in The Change-Up (2011). See more »

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When Conrad visits Beatrice to tell her he's moving in, the crew's reflection is visible in the brass kick-plate on her front door. See more »

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Conrad Valmont: I, I think that there's something wrong with me. For some reason, I find that the girls that I like as human beings I'm not sexually attracted to, and the ones that I am sexually attracted to I don't particularly like as human beings. And on the rare occasion when one falls in both categories, they usually have a boyfriend or a husband - and Lord knows I've got enough of that bad karma to last me a lifetime.
Barry the Therapist: These are classic Freudian symptoms, Conrad. Haven't you ever read about ...
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Featured in Projector: The Longest Week (2014) See more »

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Splendad Silence
Written by Jay Israelson, Tatum Greenblat (as Tatum Greenblatt)
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Well made, derivative, crossed love story redux.
10 June 2015 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Longest Week (2014)

What a strangely almost good movie. It has lots of compelling elements, including Jason Bateman as the nice guy leading man (though here he plays a spoiled rich boy). It's a complex enough story, and a love story, and it's set in lovely Brooklyn (an almost Manhattan). It should work. And second leading man Billy Crudup is terrific—better than Bateman.

So enjoy it for what it is? Sure. But it will kludge along at times, and will get a bit obvious at other times. The women (girlfriends, mainly) are weakly cast (or weakly directed), which doesn't help. But mostly it's a matter of originality—which is missing.

In fact, the whole thing is alike a Woody Allen mashup wannabe. The voice-over will make you think too much of "Vicky Christina Barcelona" and some of the photography of "Manhattan" but in color. (They even cast Allen regular Tony Roberts in a role as, yes, a shrink.) But mostly it's "Annie Hall" redux. In fact, it's almost a remake—girl meets unlikely boy, they have a romance, it goes south, and then boy re-evaluates (with direct stealing of ideas like having the plot reappear as a play, or in this case as a novel). And even if you don't like "Annie Hall" (which I do), you have to admit it came first, and is wonderfully original.

To add insult to injury, the whole set design and shooting style is straight out of Wed Anderson, though toned down to the point of being dull. (Anderson is never dull, at least visually.)

So what is left? Lots of little moments—quaint remarks (skipping over the brazenly sexist stuff that is meant to be funny and is mostly embarrassing, like the soccer practice) and a generally nice flow of events. It's easy to watch even if you aren't enthralled.

Director and writer Peter Glanz is fairly new to the scene, and this movie is a seven day expansion of an earlier indie success, "A Relationship in Four Days." No wonder this one feels about three days too long. See it? Maybe, if you already know you like the cast or the genre. Or maybe just give the Allen films a second try. Worlds apart.


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