Sundance: Broken English Movie Review

Sons and daughters of great filmmakers rarely become great filmmakers themselves. Zoe and Nick Cassavettes have the accomplishment of directing two of the worst Sundance films in the last two years. One must wonder if Geoffrey Gillmore or John Cooper put their stamp of approval on either film. I refuse to believe they had a part, but in this world a last name can get you anywhere (even Sundance apparently).

Inspired or pushed by her friend's marriage, she goes on a series of bad dates, unable to find Mr. Right. And when she finally finds a man she likes, he ends up moving back to France. Regretting her decision to not go with him, she journeys to Paris with her married friend in search of herself and Jullian.

Drea de Matteo displayed some great ability on the HBO series, but that is not evident here. She's tryng too hard to escape her Sopranos past, when she instead needs to embrace it.

It's the usual near mid-life crisis fullfillment story and not much more. Zoe worked on the script through three years of rewrites, and it shows. The dialogue is over-meladramatic and stiff. The story is strung out, unoriginal and boring. Unfortunately, Zoe Cassavettes inherited little to none of her father's filmmaking talent. She has John's last name and little else.

/Film Rating: 5 out of 10

Distributors: Magnolia Pictures

Starring: Parker Posey, Drea de Matteo, Gena Rowlands, Jeanne Moreau, Justin Theroux

Directed by: Zoe R. Cassavetes