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Café Society (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 August 2016 (USA)
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In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Phil Stern
Sheryl Lee ... Karen Stern
Todd Weeks ... Oscar
Paul Schackman ... Al
Jodi Carlisle ... Maid
Jeannie Berlin ... Rose
Ken Stott ... Marty
Richard Portnow ... Walt
Jesse Eisenberg ... Bobby
Sari Lennick ... Evelyn
Stephen Kunken ... Leonard
Laurel Griggs ... Evelyn's Daughter
Corey Stoll ... Ben
Saul Stein ... Ben's Hood
Gabriel Millman Gabriel Millman ... Ben's Hood
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Storyline

In 1930's Hollywood, the powerful agent, Phil Stern, is attending a party and receives a phone call from his sister living in New York. She asks for a job for her son and Phil's nephew, Bobby, who decided to move to Hollywood. Three weeks later Phil schedules a meeting with Bobby and decides to help him. He asks his secretary Veronica "Vonnie" to hang around with Bobby, showing him the touristic places. Bobby immediately falls in love with Vonnie, but she tells that she has a boyfriend, a journalist that travels most of the time. However, Vonnie's boyfriend is indeed a married man that is also in love with her and soon she has to make a choice between her two loves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Anyone who is anyone will be seen at Café Society.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, a drug reference, suggestive material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First collaboration between Woody Allen and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. See more »

Goofs

The grand piano in the first club scene was a Sojin, a Korean brand. Sojin pianos were not imported to the US until 1981. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [from trailer] Life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedy writer.
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Connections

Features The Woman in Red (1935) See more »

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Un Beso Mas
Composed by Francisco Rodriguez & Matt Hirt
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
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Nostalgic and elegant
5 June 2016 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

The plot of the latest Allen's movie is your basic love triangle, set in the 30s and with a small twist. Eisenberg and Stewart play the two young lovers, Bobby and Vonnie, who meet in Hollywood, where Bobby moved from New York.

Bobby's uncle, Phil, is a big shot in the movie industry and Bobby is looking for a job. Vonnie is Phil's secretary and part of her job is to make Bobby feel at home. After a few months, Bobby realizes is not happy on the West Coast, but he is in love with Vonnie.

Bobby proposes to Vonnie and asks her to move to New York with him. But she has a "secret" lover, who also proposes. Bobby moves back to New York alone, to work in his gangster's brother night club. The denouement of their love story is melancholic.

I am not a fan of Stewart, but her part required some aloofness and mystery and she did a good job - whether because she is a good actress or because her range is limited to playing cold and detached I cannot say. Also, the movie offers some classic Allen's punchlines, about life, its meaning or lack thereof. The voice-over did not disturbed me a bit and, as usual, the soundtrack is fabulous. Since I start to feel Allen's nostalgia for the past, this movie fulfilled all my expectations.

If you like Allen's movies, you will probably like this one, too. It is nostalgic but not sentimental and elegant in an old-fashioned way.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

5 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Café Society See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$359,289, 17 July 2016

Gross USA:

$11,103,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,763,247
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