Written and Directed by Peter Glanz
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup, and Jenny Slate
From the box:
In this sexy and smart romantic comedy Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup find themselves entangled in an exhilarating love triangle. The longest week of Conrad Valmont’s (Bateman) aimless and affluent life starts when he’s suddenly cut off from his allowance following his wealthy parents’ messy divorce. Suddenly broke and evicted, Conrad is forced to move in with his friend Dylan (Crudup). But innocent flirtation leads to fateful infatuation and Conrad soon finds himself trying to seduce Dylan’s gorgeous girlfriend Beatrice (Oliver Wilde). As the sparks fly, both men vie for Beatrice’s affection…but which one will win her heart?
Special feature: The Making of The Longest Week
The Longest Week wants to be a touchstone New York love story. It wants to be a great woody allen film (well it might be better than some recent Woody Allen films). It wants to be a good Wes Anderson movie. It wants this things so much that it is distracting from the movie. It feels way too much like the writer/directed wanted to make a Wes Anderson movie. From the quirky characters to the walk-us-through-it voice over.
It’s an all to obvious attempt to be charming that ultimately feels false.
All that said, if you can put aside the absolute blatant attempt to capture the magic of Wes Anderson, it’s not a terrible movie. Especially, if you are a fan of Jason Bateman. He’s his usual charming self. Billy Crudup and Olivia Wilde also turn it nice performances. In fact, this might by my favorite Olivia Wilde performance. She’s utterly captivating. Jenny Slate fans will be disappointed with her serious lack of screen time. I think she is a named cast member just because of her recent attention from Obvious Child. She’s in it for probably five minutes.
The plot above is a little misleading also. Crudup and Bateman are both attracted to Wilde’s character (spoiler, Bateman saw her first) and Crudup tries to sort of lay claim to her. The conflict is built on a sort of a false narrative making it flimsy at best. Bateman is this sort of man-child, a charming one but still caught in some kind of Arrested Development (see what I did there?) and Olivia Wilde falls head over for him.
What she doesn’t know is that he is essentially destitute and homeless since his parents cut him off and he was kicked out of his lush hotel home. A hotel that bares his family name by the way.
It’s all very cute and quirky with this voice over that fills in the spots the writer didn’t feel we needed to see or that points out emotions the actors didn’t want to perform or whatever. It’s all just a little too cute and it’s all just a little too sweet and tidy in the end.
In the end, The Longest Week is a an attempt to make a Wes Anderson movie that I guess is more palatable to the general public? It’s not terrible, you wont eel robbed of the ninety minutes you spent watching it but it is certainly nothing to write home about. To be honest, it’s the cast that rescues the film. I think an attempt to make a more unique film would have been better served rather than emulating one of the best directors working today.
The Longest Week is available now.
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.