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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).

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... Conrad Valmont
... Barry the Therapist
... Bunny
... Concierge
Stephen Temperly ... Jean-Louis Valmont
... Maribel Valmont
... Young Conrad (as Seamus Fitzpatrick)
... Bernard the Chauffeur
... Beatrice Fairbanks
... Dylan Tate
... Artist #1
... Artist #2
... Woman at Gallery
... Museum Host
... 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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5 September 2014 (USA)  »

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7 giorni per cambiare  »

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Completed in 2012, not released until two years later. See more »

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When Conrad presses the recording button on his tape deck and speaks in the microphone, the tape is not rolling. The needles for the volume level don't move either. 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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Written and performed by Erika Spring Forster (as Erika Spring), Jay Israelson
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All concept and style with no meaning, superficial and shallow...
16 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I give this movie only a 3 not because it's cinematography, which is quite good, or it's actors, which are very good, but because the concept just kills the movie...

This is a movie so full of it that pretends to tell a story about a rich man, Conrad Valmont, going from pleasure of life, money and fame to loose it all and get the girl of his dreams and pretends to do it introducing the concept of love, possessions, friendship, drama and comedy all at the same time, failing in all aspects at once.

The concept is there, the movie is literally filled with style all over the place, carefully constructed with the tones, the scenery and each line, but in the end, it is incredible shallow, because it tries so hard for us to like Conrad Valmont and the way he is growing up in the story, yet it does it with detached images of himself and a voice-over.

THe most important parts of his life are done with pictures and a voice- over telling us WHAT we should be looking at in that moment.. what we should be feeling...

I have an advice for the director, don't consider your public just dumb and don't fill the movie with pretentious dialog like we can't distinguish an analogy from a concept, just give us the scene and let us use our imagination.

By telling us what to feel and what to think about our main character the movie does itself a great dis-service, it detach it's audience of participation on this characters.

By the time the movie is on the first half, i lost all interest, this is more an exercises in a filming technique with complex words and a cumbersome script that pretends to be intelligent than a movie about any real topic whatsoever.

The movie is not about love, nor growing up or friendship, it's everything and nothing. Tries to give a message and fails miserably, tries to makes us laugh and fails, elaborates complex dialog and a narrative voice-over that ends up generating discomfort to the viewer.

It's funny because Conrad discover he is just a prick and an egotistical person and when I finish watching the movie I think the same about the production team.. They just did a movie using a concept and some specific style just because it's nice and they totally forget about doing a movie with some heart in it.

The result is a movie full of itself with tons of dialog that accounts for nothing and about the worst selection of music I ever listened in a long time.

Go watch any other romantic comedy but this and you should be fine.. AVOID it unless you want to punish yourself and your girl.


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