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Regina Lambert meets the charming Joshua Peters while vacationing in Martinique, as she contemplates ending her whirlwind marriage to the enigmatic Charlie. But upon her return to Paris, she finds that both her apartment and her bank account have been emptied, and her husband has been mysteriously murdered.
Mystery Thriller - This romantic thriller is aimed at older viewers, and indeed they
are the audience most likely to enjoy. Those seeking action won't
find much here. The objectionable content is fairly minimal, but
children will be bored.
PROFANITY: 2 S-words, 1 other. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting nonsexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Some mildly graphic fights. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: One big foot chase. COMEDY: Some comic dialogue and repartee.
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Review Average "The Truth About Charlie isn't incompetent, exactly,
yet it would be hard to think of a recent movie that has worked this hard to
achieve this little fun.''
Review Good "Thandie Newton carries The Truth About Charlie, as she
must, because all of the other characters revolve around her, sometimes
literally. Wahlberg has top billing but that must be a contractual thing; she is
the center of the picture, and the news is, she is a star. She has that presence
and glow. The plot is essentially a backdrop, as it was in Charade, for
Paris, suspense, romance and star power.''
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Review Average "For film students in search of paper topics, Jonathan
Demme's remake of the Audrey Hepburn/Cary Grant caper picture CHARADE (1963) is
a godsend. Unfortunately, it's also the kind of spectacularly misconceived
enterprise that only a sophisticated cinephile could have perpetrated, a
monumental movie-geek lark on the order of Gus Van Sant's meticulous 'recreation'
of Hitchcock's PSYCHO (1998).''
Review Below Average "Demme tosses everything in - slow-mo dissolves,
rapid-fire cutting and characters talking directly into the camera, all of which
confirm one's first impression that everyone is in this for the laughs. Except
there aren't any."
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
When you have this many opinions and only a very few of them are above "Very Good," and many are below "Good," it indicates a movie most will feel is average at best and many will feel is "Poor."
These opinions clearly show that this is a movie that you have a rather small chance of enjoying. You may want to skip it all together or at least save some money by seeing a matinee or just wait for the video.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
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Regina Lambert (Thandie Newton) meets the charming Joshua Peters (Mark
Wahlberg) while vacationing in Martinique, as she contemplates ending her
whirlwind marriage to the enigmatic Charlie (Stephen Dillane). But upon her
return to Paris, she finds that both her apartment and her bank account have
been emptied, and her husband has been mysteriously murdered. A trio of his old
cohorts (Joong-Hoon Park, Tee Levine, Lisa Gay Hamilton) has begun shadowing her
in hopes of answering their own questions about Charlie and recovering a bundle
of missing cash. Joshua is in Paris now, too, and ready to offer any help he
The more Reggie learns, the more she must find out to fill in the missing
pieces of this puzzle and to protect herself from ever-increasing danger. Joshua
lays a growing claim on her affection, even as disturbing information about him
surfaces and undermines her trust. Hard-edged Commandant Dominique (Christine
Boisson) thinks Reggie herself is the most likely suspect. The attentions of a
straight-laced embassy official (Tim Robbins) make Reggie's situation even more
complicated. But all she can do is carry on with the knowledge that in life, as
in love, nothing is ever as simple as it seems.