If I Were You

If I Were You

Streaming Video - 2013
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Madelyn (Marcia Gay Harden) is a successful, self-possessed, middle-aged businesswoman - until she finds out that her husband's late nights at work are actually intimate dinners with a sexy young aspiring actress, Lucy (Leonor Watling). When Madelyn starts stalking this new mistress, she witnesses what she thinks might be the beginnings of a suicide attempt and ends up talking her down. While Lucy is ignorant of Madelyn's true identity, the two form a bizarre pact with unforeseen consequences. Matters are complicated further by an amorous coworker and an encounter with a handsome stranger (the ever delectable Aidan Quinn).
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 115 min.)) : sd., col.

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tomcrisp May 03, 2014

This is one of those rarities - and ADULT comedy.

Marcia Gay Harden is super as a wife whose world is shaken when she discovers her husband has a young mistress. This story has been told countless times without the laughs, but here Harden milks screwball gems from Joan Carr-Wiggin's great script.

It's not all laughs, of course, because comedy is best when it reveals real insight, which If I Were You does.

Try it. It's a surprise treat that seems like it should be set in Paris rather than somewhere in Canada.

I'm confused about the generally bad critical reception. Perhaps the film was trimmed for the DVD/download release. Truly enjoyed this one.

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CamJP
Nov 24, 2013

Taken in by the rare reviews on the box ! The best thing about this movie is Aidan Quinn and he's not in it enough to make it worth watching!

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