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The Pretenders (2018)

Pretenders (original title)
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A love triangle involving a photographer, a director and an actress.

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James Franco

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Josh Boone

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Credited cast:
Juno Temple ... Victoria
James Franco ... Maxwell
Jane Levy ... Catherine
Brian Cox ... Henry
Dennis Quaid ... Joe
Jack Kilmer ... Terry
Shameik Moore ... Phil
Mustafa Shakir ... Mr. Stanish
Danielle Burgess ... Madeline
Antoni Porowski ... Antoni
Tyler Alvarez ... Doug
Mathilde Dehaye ... Prostitute
Lindsay Mushett ... Prostitute
Jacqueline Honulik ... Kim
Nana Ghana ... Brunette Model Partier
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A love triangle involving a photographer, a director and an actress.

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Location shooting for the film took place at both Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and Union College in Schenectady, NY, with many students participating as extras on set. See more »

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11 October 2019 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Best catch this movie before it disappears, whoops, too late. Here's what you missed. Buried somewhere In the ever expanding James Franco universe - seems this was made back in 2016 - The Pretenders, or Pretenders not only has a flippy-floppy title but a plot that does likewise.

What starts out as an interesting ode to new wave French cinema, forming a soft-focused love triangle full of fresh faced hope, aspiring arteests, and constant chain smoking, devolves into a bit of a mess. Too bad, cuz the first course is quite yummy. As aspiring filmmaker Terry (Jack Kilmer, son of Val, inheritor of stoic face and acting skill) falls for an Anna Karina lookalike in the theatre crowd whilst watching, wait for it, Anna Karina on the big screen. They meet over smokes (natch), but poor Terry needs some nudging and prodding from his Casanova photographer pal Phil to get to first base. You know where this is going, but do you?

Bed hopping ensues, feelings are viciously attacked, confusion prevails, time passes (though no one ages - natch), and just when everything seems to be coming full circle for the boffo ending, we find a red herring swimming in the soup.

Shame, cuz the lead up is quite good, and anyone fond of the French will surely be pleased with themselves pointing out the stream of referential material, but is it enough when the clumsy wrap dethrones all that throning? Probably not. Still worth it for breakout star Jane Levy as the mysterious object d'amour, and the puzzling and super short appearance by wizened Dennis Quaid as the grumpy dad, which makes absolutely no sense at all, but there it is. Bet there's several alternate endings on the upcoming DVD version.


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