Writer Michael (Liam Neeson) left his wife Elaine (Kim Basinger) and is living in a hotel having an affair with society reporter Anna (Olivia Wilde) who wants his help to write her novel. Former soap star Julia (Mila Kunis) gets a hotel maid job so that she can get visitation rights to her son with her lawyer Theresa Lowry (Maria Bello) and her ex Richard Weiss (James Franco). In Italy, businessman Scott (Adrien Brody) is getting entangled with illegal Monika (Moran Atias) and her young daughter. The three stories intertwine.
Paul Haggis does his interconnected stories again. I like this idea slightly more than Crash. At least, this one isn't trying to preach something obvious. He's not hitting the audience over the head with some kind of social commentary. Neeson and Wilde have a little bit of fun. I find Kunis' character compelling. On the other hand, I hate Brody's story. It starts with the ridiculous bomb scare. The comedy bit about a shoe bomb just makes it so much worse. The hotel clerk discriminating against her is another bad step. A villain would take the money before asking for more. No bad guy would let somebody walk out with the cash. That whole story seems to be a farce. I can't stand Brody's story and the extended running time doesn't help.
Action / Drama / Romance
Action / Drama / Romance
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Michael (Liam Neeson) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction author who has holed himself up in a hotel suite in Paris to finish his latest book. He recently left his wife, Elaine (Kim Basinger),and is having a tempestuous affair with Anna (Olivia Wilde),an ambitious young journalist who wants to write and publish fiction. At the same time, Scott (Adrien Brody),a shady American businessman, is in Italy to steal designs from fashion houses. Hating everything Italian, Scott wanders into the Café American" in search of something familiar to eat. There, he meets Monika (Moran Atias),a beautiful Roma woman, who is about to be reunited with her young daughter. When the money she has saved to pay her daughter's smuggler is stolen, Scott feels compelled to help. They take off together for a dangerous town in Southern Italy, where Scott starts to suspect that he is the patsy in an elaborate con game. Julia (Mila Kunis),an ex-soap opera actress, is caught in a custody battle for her 6 year-old son with her ex-husband Rick (James Franco),a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia is reduced to working as a maid in the same upscale boutique hotel where she was once a frequent guest. Julia's lawyer Theresa (Maria Bello) has secured Julia one final chance to change the court's mind and be reunited with the child she loves. Rick's current girlfriend Sam (Loan Chabanol) is a compassionate onlooker.
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