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Couchgeflüster - Die erste therapeutische Liebeskomödie (Prime)
U.S.A. 2005

Opening 19 Jan 2006

Directed by: Ben Younger
Writing credits: Ben Younger
Principal actors: Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg, Jon Abrahams, Adriana Biasi

Rafi (Uma Thurman) at 37 is a New York City success and lives in a luxurious apartment in Manhattan, vacationing with equally successful friends in Southhampton. Her personal life, however, is in shambles as she has just gotten divorced. Although glad to finally be out of the marriage, she suddenly feels her biological clock ticking and realizes that she wants a baby. Her therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), is helping her work through her true feelings. To complicate matters, Rafi meets David (Bryan Greenberg), the friend of a friend while at the movies. David is immediately entranced by Rafi and after hanging up once on her, gets the courage to actually talk and ask her to dinner. David is 23. The usual angst over the age difference arises but that doesn't stop them from falling into bed together. David is, of course, a struggling artist.

Not only a therapist, Dr. Metzger is a Jewish mother of two who argues the importance of their religion when it comes to marriage. She counsels her son not to date anyone that is not Jewish since there is no future in such a relationship. When her son meets an older non-Jewish woman, Dr. Metzger hopes that it will be nothing more than a fling. Her principles as a therapist and convictions as a mother come into conflict when she learns that Rafi's new boyfriend is her son David, both of whom have lied to each other about their ages.

Streep gets all the stars for her playful comedic performance and willingness to wear such a goofy hairstyle with horrible glasses. Although Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg are simply gorgeous, there is absolutely no chemistry between them and they come across as a pair of good friends playing at being passionate lovers. The scenes in New York are wonderful for reminiscing and there are some truly funny scenes, but the storyline drags. If you are a fan of Meryl Streep, rent the video as she is worth watching. (Mary Nyiri)

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