Naomi is looking a lot better than Robin these days.
Sounds like a lot of fun. Both Naomi and Robin are lauded for their acting in it.
This sounds hilarious. I predict many great quotes.
Fantastic takedown from the NY Post of all places.
If it had been intentionally funny instead of un-, Anne Fontaine’s “Two Mothers” would have made an excellent episode of “Absolutely Fabulous.”
This would-be serious sex drama is a woefully soapy piece of middle-aged female fantasy, with Robin Wright and Naomi Watts as Australians (yes, Wright does an Aussie accent, lightly) living in idyllic beachfront property. They've been best friends since childhood. Watts loses her husband in the opening scene, when each woman has a boy who is about eight, then we cut to ten or so years later when the boys are tall, square-jawed, ripped hunks (but neither woman has aged at all). “They’re like young gods!” says one of these ladies, swilling their wine, sunning themselves and eye-bonking the boys while the youngsters are taking their shirts off, surfing, taking languid outdoor showers and otherwise acting like they've been dreamed up by Samantha in "Sex and the City."
Because, I guess, there are no girls their age in the world, the lads (Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville) never seem to leave the house and spend all their time drinking, bantering, and playing cards with the old ladies Roz (Wright) and Lil (Watts). It isn’t long before, on a sleepover, Roz is saying “Do you have everything you need?” and her friend’s son Ian says, “No” and goes in for the kiss. Clothes are rapidly shed. Vengeance-minded, Roz’s son Tom goes to Lil’s place, telling her, “I didn’t come to see Ian.” As the porno composers put it, Baum-chik-a-BAUM-BAUM! When he returns to his mom he says, proudly, “I’ve been doing to her what he’s been doing to you.” This entirely accurate statement earns him a “Dynasty”-grade face slap.
The other husband is cleared away for an out-of-town job and after a bit of we-shouldn’t-be-doing this the girls think: Hey, maybe given how great it feels, we should be doing this! (I note that in cheating-husband dramas, the man’s actions are virtually always treated as despicable, whereas cheating women are simply getting themselves a little empowerment.) So the four of them have lots of hot sex. Because, I guess, nothing turns a boy on like nuzzling the Caesarean scar that marks his best friend’s point of entrance to the world.
If you can believe it, the third act of the film, which drew several loud bursts of laughter at its most dramatic moments, is even more ridiculous than the rest, because Fontaine and screenwriter Christopher Hampton fail to see that when you’re in a black hole of absurdity, you need to stop digging. We’ve got an early contender for worst film of 2013.
"Because, I guess, nothing turns a boy on like nuzzling the Caesarean scar that marks his best friend’s point of entrance to the world."
Wow - seriously, this has been touted as one of the films which could have broughtb a Best Actress Oscar to one of them!
Would have been a lot better with Jonah Hill and Josh Gad as the sons.
[quote] Sadly, their hunky male co-stars are comparatively out of their depth, embodying the macho yet hairless allure of their roles without really contributing much beyond that, except to overextend their inner turmoil to CW soap opera degrees.
Loving these reviews!
It reminds me of that Onion article, "Woman Now Empowered By Everything She Does"
Oedipal Sex = empowering
If it was two middle-aged guys trading each other's daughters, what kind of film would they have ended up with?