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Unfaithful
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Olivier Martinez
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Web Site: www.unfaithfulmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Leave them at home.
Date Movie: Bring her along.  Maybe she'll learn she shouldn't cheat on you.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of it, and Diane gets naked and looks great.
Gratuitous Violence: One good scene.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Nah.
Memorable Scene: In the restroom.
Memorable Quote: Connie to Paul: "You take me to the best places." as he's doing her in the restroom at a corner diner.
Directed By: Adrian Lyne
Produced By: Adrian Lyne, G. Mac Brown

Unfaithful
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:04 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
See ladies, itís not always the guyís fault, although Iím sure your going to try to put the blame on the young stud, Paul (Olivier Martinez), and not Connie Sumner (Diane Lane). The movie is "Unfaithful," and itís a great movie showing how cheating on a spouse really canít end nicely.

Things seem rosy for Connie and Edward Sumner (Richard Gere). Heís the President of an armored car company, sheís the always-involved suburban mom, and things are well in suburbia. One afternoon Connie is in the city, the city being New York, and itís a horrendously windy day. Sheís getting tossed around like a trailer in a tornado and collides with Paul. Paul is suave, sporting the day-old beard, and after dusting himself off he offers Connie a band-aid up his apartment for her skinned knee. She takes him up on his offer, he gives her a book of poetry (heís a book dealer), and she is grateful and leaves. Upon getting home she tells Edward of her encounter, he tells her she should send him a bottle of wine, a cheap bottle of wine, but instead of taking the easy solution and sending him the bottle of wine, Connie goes back into the city and pays young Paul a visit. She is now intrigued, he seduces her, and before we know it Connie and Paul are having sex anywhere they can.

Edward, meanwhile, is starting to wonder why Connie seems so distant, and he starts to get his suspicions about Connieís extracurricular activities. Doing some investigative work and with the help of a friend, Edward gets his proof of Connieís affair just as Connie realizes she is screwing up her life and sets to break things off with Paul. And in a twist of events Edward pays Paul a visit, things get a little messy, and now itís a story of "Can Connie and Edward patch things up and get on with their lives?"

"Unfaithful" works on many levels, due in part to the perfect match of actor for character. Letís start with Gere. Iím not a big fan of Richard Gere, maybe stemming from my jealousy of him when he got to take a bath with Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman," and maybe now for his getting to take a bath with Diane Lane, but for this role he is great as the good-looking, loving, why is she cheating on him husband. Heís got a good job, heís a good dad, and still keeps some sparks in his marriage. Gere does a believable job in all of this, and you almost wonder what he did to deserve his wifeís betrayal. Next up Martinez. Simply put he is great as the mysterious ladies man, with his European accent and disheveled looks - the studly man most of us normal dudes canít stand because we know our girlfriends are thinking dirty thoughts about him while weíre with her at the bar. But the best role had to be casting Diane Lane as Connie. She comes across as that perfect suburban mom, loving her family, yet not too old for us to not believe she might be intrigued by a mysterious man like Paul. She also, for no better terms, is beautiful, but not hot, and Lane does a great job of showing us she knows Connie is being bad, yet she canít stop being bad. Oh yea, and she looks good naked.

If youíre thinking "Fatal Attraction" youíre sort of right, but this one doesnít have any bunny stew. This one also lacks the psycho aspect, but actually comes across as a little more believable. You can believe Connie gets hooked into Paul, you can believe Edwardís desperation to rebuild his life, and although the ending got an "Oh, that sucked shit. Jesus Christ!" from the gray-haired lady sitting next to me, I understood it.

If youíre looking for a good movie filled with some quality violence, great drama, decent suspense, and Diane Lane showing that sheís still got a great body, go see "Unfaithful." If youíre looking for Gene Simmons playing a preacher in a movie where a teenager gets his dick broken, go see "The New Guy." Itís 4 stars out of 5 for "Unfaithful."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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