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Broken English
  Release Date: 06/22/07

Starring: Parker Posey, Drea de Matteo, Gena Rowlands, Melvil Poupaud, Peter Bogdanovich

Director: Zoe R. Cassavetes

Rating: (PG-13)
  Drama, Romance, Comedy
  Running Time
  96 min
  Magnolia Pictures
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Parker Posey charms again, even in Zoe Cassavetes's disappointing drama. Like an indie Sex in the City, the film tracks a thirtysomething (Posey) who laments her singlehood and resents her married friend (Drea de Matteo). There's a cute French lover and an overbearing mother (Cassavetes's own mother, Gena Rowlands) too—plenty of material for a sitcom. But the filmmaking is forgettable, with an awkward script strewn with too many off-key notes.

Nora Wilder, a 30-something Manhattanite is cynical about love and relationships. Nora plugs away at her job in a posh downtown hotel and can't help but wonder what it is she has to do to find a relationship as ideal as her friend Audrey's "perfect marriage." It doesn't help that her overbearing mother takes every opportunity to remind Nora that she's still unattached. After a series of disastrous first dates, she meets Julien, a seemingly devil-may-care Frenchman with a passion for living. Expecting another disastrous ending, Nora tries to avoid making the same mistakes. She finds herself in Paris looking to break old patterns. Inevitably, Nora has to look inward before she can find a new outlook on life and, most importantly, love.