Popcorn Picks: Adore
Starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Ben Mendelsohn, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville
Directed by Anne Fontaine
Choice Quote “Time flies. We may have been prettier then, but I think we have much more character now.”
The Hype Based on the story The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing, Lil (Watts) and Roz (Wright), best friends since childhood, are in their 40s and live side by side along the Australian coast. Lil, a widow, and Roz, whose husband recently took a job in far-away Sydney, gradually fall for each other’s sons, embarking on steamy, sexy romps that threaten to divide both loyalties … and families.
The Reality Well, here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. Aren’t Lil and Roz naughty? The premise – two best friends knocking boots with each other’s kids – seems a little creepy on the surface, but who are we to judge? After all, the couplings are less Woody Allen/Soon-Yi and more Demi/Ashton.
The Verdict There’s no breakout star performances here – though Watts and Wright ably carry the film – and the ladies don’t seem to age much despite the story spanning three generations, but Adore stands as a smartly crafted, engaging film that manages to maintain an air of realism while tackling a provocative – even taboo – intergenerational love story.
Theatres or rent it? Theatres
Can the grandkids watch? As long as you’re sure they won’t start giving you suspicious looks any time your friends’ kids come around.