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At Theaters: 10/25/2002 On Video: 4/1/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 43 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409976
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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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.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Mark Wahlberg ROCK STAR, PLANET OF THE APES, THE YARDS
Thandie Newton MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2, BELOVED
Tim Robbins ANTITRUST, MISSION TO MARS, ARLINGTON ROAD
Joong-Hoon Park MY LOVE, MY BRIDE, TWO COPS
Ted Levine THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Lisa Gay Hamilton TRUE CRIME
Director: Jonathan Demme BELOVED
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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Content Heading
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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Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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.''

TV Guide Online  Full 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).''

Newsday  Full 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."

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 68 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
2
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
Fairly Low
75%
30+Adults (M)
24
Fairly Low
67%
30+Adults (F)
30
Fairly Low
60%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 can.

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.

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