Naomi Watts and Robin Wright star in "Adore," a new movie set in Australia where two best friends have affairs with each other's son. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
Naomi Watts and Robin Wright star in a new independent film with a provocative premise to say the least. It's called "Adore."
Watts and Wright are Lil and Roz, best friends since childhood. They each have a teenage son, and those two boys are also best buds.
They all live in a picturesque Australian seaside paradise, where their hunky sons, Ian and Tom, go surfing every day.
This foursome spends a lot of time together, and one day, Roz starts having an affair with Ian. Tom learns of their first encounter, so, out of spite, he seduces Lil.
What begins as purely sexual encounters leads to deeper feelings of love. And as the boys and the two mothers grow older, their lives, as well as these affairs, begin to get more complicated.
The cougar premise is quite distasteful, but what makes this whole movie really ludicrous is director Anne Fontaine's overly serious, humorless approach to the material.
The dialogue is actually so unintentionally laughable that at times, I felt like I was watching a really bad soap opera.
The two strapping sons, played by Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville, turn in wooden performances. As far as Watts and Wright go, these two very accomplished actresses are defeated by the horrendous material at every turn. In fact, I can't believe that they even agreed to do this movie. Didn't they read the screenplay beforehand?
The movie gets slightly more interesting, and I am emphasizing the word slightly, two-thirds of the way through when the two sons take age-appropriate wives and we witness the fallout that comes from that.
Overall, I wasn't shocked by the subject matter or offended. I was just embarrassed for the actors, and ultimately, I was quite bored.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 1 Apple