The Longest Week DVD|
Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent's prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and. in love.from£2.73 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman Juno Horrible Bosses) is the over-educated under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune Though he s spent most of his adult life enjoying a playboy lifestyle on a diet of Tom Collins cocktails at 40 years old he finds himself suddenly cut off from his allowance and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of the Upper West Side Luckily he is taken in by his old friend Dylan (Billy Crudup Eat Pray Love Watchmen) and returns the favour by immediately falling for Dylan&39;s beautiful girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde In Time Rush) A hilarious love triangle ensues as Conrad attempts to woo Beatrice all over the city in secret All s fair in love and war right? That is until she finds out he s completely brokeand Dylan finds out his best friend has stolen his girl
Comedy drama starring Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup. Heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, Conrad (Bateman) has long lived off his parents wealth and used his privileged position to his advantage. However, when his allowance is cut off, he is forced to fend for himself on the city's streets. Fortunately for him, his friend Dylan (Crudup) agrees to let him stay at his apartment, but the situation is made more difficult when Conrad meets Dylan's girlfriend Beatrice (Wilde) and falls head over heels...
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The Longest WeekKashif Ahmed
Feckless philanderer and upper class twit, Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman) is a thirty-something Man-of-Leisure, who suddenly finds himself out of pocket and potentially disinherited, when his billionaire parents file for divorce. Quietly removed from the family's Manhattan hotel, he embarks upon a week-long escapade; during which he meets mysterious model Olivia Wilde, trades barbs with debonair artist friend Billy Crudup and generally acts the fool in a desperate bid to resolve his financial predicament.
The Longest Week is a well-directed, character driven comedy that despite the rather slow pace, never outstays its welcome. Set in the present day but firmly rooted in the swinging Sixties, writer / director Peter Glanz decorates his scenes with deliberate anachronisms that hark back to the era of La Dolce Vita and Breakfast at Tiffany's (e.g Valmot's Moped, Olivia Wilde's Audrey Hepbrun look, feather rugs, rotary phones etc). And though its rarely laugh-out-loud funny, you'll find yourself smiling on the inside at Valmont's dry wit and drole observations.
Jason Bateman is one of my favourite comic actors; I like him in almost everything from Arrested Development to Extract to Horrible Bosses and even The Change Up. Bateman has impeccable comic timing / delivery and he brings a light touch to this slight, but very watchable movie. Billy Crudup is also on fine form and remains one of the most underrated actors of his generation; he's so good at disappearing into a role that he's almost subliminal as a presence in his own right. Remember, this is the same person who played a 70s rock star in Almost Famous, a dope fiend in Jesus's Son and a semi-cosmic superhero in Watchmen. Here, Crudup is Valmont's foil but has a few memorable character traits of his own e.g. his wholly inappropriate break-up technique involves giving the object of his rejection a Volvo as a parting gift!
Now most critics hated this film because they felt that Peter Galnz was imitating Wes Anderson. Personally, I'm not entirely convinced by that argument, after all, Wes Anderson doesn't hold a copyright on quirky comedies any more than Luis Bunuel does on the bourgeoisie. And whilst the subject matter may be familiar, its still presented in a generally entertaining manner which ought to appeal to fans of this genre. Worth a look.
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