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"PRIME"
(2005) (Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy *None Moderate None Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None *None Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Minor Mild Moderate Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Comedy: A 37-year-old divorcee starts dating a much younger man, unaware of his unique connection to her therapist who's encouraged her to renter the dating world.
PLOT:
37-year-old Rafi Gardet (UMA THURMAN) has just gotten out of a failed, nine-year marriage with the help of her New York based therapist, Lisa Metzger (MERYL STREEP) who's encouraged her to get back into the world of dating. Little does she know that will lead Rafi straight into the arms of 23-year-old artist David Bloomberg (BRYAN GREENBERG) who isn't doing any serious dating and doesn't have a good role model in friend Morris (JON ABRAHAMS) who ends most of his relationships with a pie to the face of the unlucky woman.

At first, Rafi doesn't realize how young David is, or that he lives with his grandparents, but she quickly gets over that and the two soon become a hot and heavy item. Of course, she relates all of this to Lisa who wishes her son, who's the same age as David, would meet the right girl, as long as she's Jewish. Little do any of them realize, however, that David is Lisa's son. With Lisa being the first to learn this, she must decide how to react, especially as Rafi -- who isn't Jewish -- discusses the intimate aspects of their relationship.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of romantic comedies or anyone in the cast, or are looking for a date movie, they might be interested in it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
(On appeal from the original R rating) for sexual content including dialogue, and for language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • UMA THURMAN plays a 37-year-old divorcee who takes Lisa's advice and reenters the dating world in the form of falling for and then having lots of sex with David, unaware that he's Lisa's son (with whom she discusses her sex life). She eventually has him move in with her, but that leads to some tension, as does the eventual discovery of everyone's relationship to each other. She also drinks some.
  • MERYL STREEP plays her therapist, a traditional Jewish woman who wants her son only to date Jewish girls. When she learns that Rafi is dating her son, she's not sure how to react and doesn't initially tell Rafi out of embarrassment. She uses some profanity, including many uses of the "s" word.
  • BRYAN GREENBERG plays a 23-year-old artist who lives with his grandparents and enters into a romantic and sexual relationship with Rafi, a woman 14 years his senior. He eventually moves in with her, but must also deal with the eventual revelations and discoveries. He also has casual sex with another woman after he and Rafi break up, drinks some and uses some profanity.
  • JON ABRAHAMS plays David's best friend, a guy who ends every brief relationship with women with a pie to their face. He uses profanity (some of it briefly strong).
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this romantic comedy that's been rated PG-13 (on appeal from the original R rating). Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. Sexually related dialogue (some it rather graphic) is present in various scenes, as are several sexual encounters (partially seen with some movement along with other views of the same couple passionately making out and partially disrobing, with other sex occurring off screen). Another off-screen sexual encounter occurs, while some women are seen dressed in revealing attire (and a book cover drawing shows bare breasts) and a minor character is noted as being gay (with some related dialogue).

    Some bad attitudes are present along with some jokes on the part of the film that some viewers might not find funny. Various characters drink in a number of scenes although no one seems intoxicated, while a few characters smoke. A woman reenters the dating world after getting divorced, while an adult son and his mom don't talk for a period of time. Some instances of potentially imitative behavior (including hitting oneself on the head with a skillet as well as hitting others in the face with pies) are also present.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are various moments of bouncy camerawork in various scenes.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • David, his date, Rafi and her two friends have drinks.
  • David and Rafi have wine with dinner.
  • David states that he likes beer and then he and Rafi talk about their families and their drinking habits or lack thereof (all as the two have beer in a park at night).
  • Lisa states for someone to take the wine out of the fridge.
  • David's family has wine and what looks like liquor of some sort with dinner.
  • Rafi and David have wine with dinner.
  • Rafi and David have wine. She wants to know what his life was like before her, asking if he drank merlot in some setting, with him joking that it was "40s" (malt liquor in 40 oz bottles) in a less proper setting.
  • Some miscellaneous people drink at a party.
  • Rafi holds a glass of wine.
  • David and Morris have beer. When Rafi comes home early (and knowing she hates anyone being inside her place), David has Morris hide in the closet where the friend allows Rafi's cat to drink some beer.
  • We see a beer by David.
  • Miscellaneous people drink in a club.
  • David and Morris have drinks.
  • David's family has wine with dinner with the joke being that Lisa puts the red wine in the fridge.
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks in a bar or restaurant where Rafi and her friends have wine.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None, but David says that being in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship means you've seen each other pee (but we never see that occur).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Morris has a thing about using a pie to the face to break up with various women.
  • David scales a closed and locked gate into a park so that he and Rafi can spend some time there after hours.
  • Both David and Rafi lie about the other's age to Lisa.
  • Learning about John Coltrane for the first time, David jokingly asks Rafi if "this is that Negro music everyone's talking about" (some might not find the light joke as funny).
  • Lisa jokes that her husband has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) -- some viewers might not find that funny.
  • We see a flashback (played for comedy) to David introducing his black girlfriend to his traditionally minded grandmother who takes a look at the young woman and asks, "Is she black?" David later states that his grandmother died 3 weeks after he introduced that black girlfriend to her, but a joke (on the part of the film) then shows his imagined view of his grandmother repeatedly whacking a metal skillet to her head.
  • David tells his mom a white lie about moving in with Morris when he's really moving in with Rafi.
  • Some of Rafi's friends are a bit rude to her when asking questions about her relationship and plans with David.
  • Some tension develops between Rafi and David when he moves into her place, doesn't leave during the day, and leaves the place a mess.
  • Some could view Lisa as having a bad attitude for not letting Rafi know that she was David's mom (Lisa was trying to maintain their doctor/patient relationship, but was also embarrassed by being the mother).
  • Rafi thinks Lisa is controlling David through her.
  • When a model (who's just slept with him) asks David if he believes in the love of Jesus Christ, we see an imagined view of David's grandmother whacking herself on the head with a skillet (some might not like that visual joke).
  • Although she's the one who said they should see others, Rafi is upset with David, asking him "Did you sleep with Sue?" (after he did just that).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • We see a poster in Morris's place of a drawing of a man aiming a gun out toward the viewer.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "It's like learn your f*cking lesson day around here," "Piece of sh*t," "Oh sh*t," "Taking all her sh*t," "I really don't give a sh*t anymore," "Don't freak out," "What the hell /are you doing here/am I listening to you for?" "Tuckus," "You sound like an afternoon school special," "She's a time fighter" (an older person), "Sucker," "Schmuck," "Screwed up," "Shut up," "Hold the G*ddamn mayo," "Piss you off," "Are you insane?" "Had a chance in hell" and "Screw that."
  • We see some miscellaneous graffiti.
  • Morris has a thing about using a pie to the face to break up with various women.
  • David scales a closed and locked gate into a park so that he and Rafi can spend some time there after hours.
  • We see a flashback of David's grandmother repeatedly whacking herself on her head (with a skillet in response to things that upset her -- played for comedy and all imagined).
  • David and Morris have beer. When Rafi comes home early (and knowing she hates anyone being inside her place), David has Morris hide in the closet where the friend allows Rafi's cat to drink some beer.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None that we heard, but several songs have lyrics that couldn't be understood and/or heard, thus offering the possibility of them potentially containing objectionable lyrics.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word, 19 "s" words, 5 hells, 6 uses of "Oh my God," 4 of "G-damn," 3 of "Jesus," 2 each of "God" and "My God" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes" and "Jesus Christ."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see a female model wearing a low-cut top (from a bit of a distance).
  • A guy jokingly asks his male friend if he's a hermaphrodite.
  • We see that Rafi's friend Randall is gay (he eyes David).
  • Rafi shows a little cleavage.
  • David and Rafi passionately kiss on their first date in a park at night.
  • Lisa tells Rafi that she (Rafi) and her new boyfriend are both at their sexual peak.
  • David and Rafi passionately kiss while standing in the kitchen, with a brief side close-up of Rafi's clothed bust. The scene ends there so we don't know what else occurs.
  • Morris jokingly says that David's strong feelings about Rafi are because "you haven't slept with her yet."
  • David jokes that Morris's next pie is for some woman and the fact that he "couldn't get down her pants."
  • Rafi has David try quail eggs, saying that they're like having sex. After both have one in a restaurant, she stands, leans over the table and passionately kisses him. We then see them back at her place, passionately kissing and undressing, with a torso and up shot of him on top of her as she removes her top and we see her in her bra. We also see her hands pulling down on the small of his back.
  • Rafi tells Lisa that she didn't have an orgasm with her new boyfriend (David, and Lisa is not yet aware of his identity), but that she's willing to do the work to do so.
  • As we see a shot of Rafi's apartment (but not her) we hear her having an orgasm. The scene then cuts to Lisa's office where Rafi (showing cleavage in her low-cut top) tells Lisa about her sex life with her boyfriend (David, of which Lisa is now painfully aware, but Rafi is not of that fact). Rafi states that she and David have had sex on every surface in her apartment, that he's eager to please her, and that he makes her want to do things she's never done before. She then says that he didn't know where the clitoris was, with Lisa asking if she showed him and Rafi saying she did, adding that he's only had sex with two other women before. Rafi then enthusiastically states that his penis is so beautiful that she wants to knit it a hat. She then adds that she never thought she'd be this satisfied sexually. Lisa then asks if they use protection and Rafi says they do.
  • We see David standing shirtless in Rafi's apartment, while Rafi is in an open robe, wearing only a t-shirt beneath that.
  • We briefly see a model changing and see her in her low-cut bra that shows cleavage.
  • Rafi climbs onto and straddles David's lap in the backseat of a taxi where she passionately kisses him.
  • When Rafi catches David hiding some of his "childish" things (such as mounted baseballs), she jokingly asks if he's hiding his stash of pornography and he says he is.
  • We see Rafi in a tight tank top in one scene through which we can see the shape of her nipples (just the shape, not the actual thing).
  • Lisa grabs a book for Rafi and it's titled "Lesbians and the Kabala" and shows a drawing of three women on the cover, with at least one of those drawn figures showing bare breasts.
  • As Rafi hurriedly gets dressed, we see David in bed, shirtless (his lower half is below the sheets). He jokingly tells her that she's fulfilling every working girl fantasy he has.
  • One man says that Rafi's gay friend is jealous that he didn't get into David's pants first.
  • While at the shore, David enthusiastically tells Rafi that they're going to have vacation sex. When she playfully asks what that is, he says he doesn't know but that she's going to get it. We then see him on top of her (both are clothed) and then her on top of him on the bed.
  • We partially see Rafi in a small bikini (that shows cleavage) while lounging with her friends.
  • Rafi's friend shows some cleavage.
  • After Rafi says she needs to get David a birthday gift and is thinking about a video game, her friend asks, "Do you like having sex? Don't get Nintendo." We then later see her standing in just a t-shirt asking if David's coming to bed, but he's absorbed in his new video game.
  • After learning that Lisa is David's mom, Rafi is shocked and says "You let me talk to you about his penis." Lisa then says that it was harder for her than Rafi, adding that she started to think he didn't have one.
  • Rafi shows some cleavage.
  • A model passionately kisses David (she's an associate of Rafi's and knows he was her boyfriend, but that they're now split). The next morning, David wakes up and the model is there (thus implying sex). We see her in just a long dress shirt that's open in the front, thus allowing a brief view of the inner part of one bare breast.
  • David and Rafi passionately make out while standing. He's shirtless and puts his hands on her clothed butt. She's then in her bra but the two are then out of the camera shot (although sex is implied).
  • Although she's the one who said they should see others, Rafi is upset with David, asking him "Did you sleep with Sue?" (after he did just that).
  • We see David on top of Rafi in bed in a head and shoulders shot. There's some slight movement and he says that he wants to give her a baby. She, however, says she can't (due to no future relationship between them). We then see a full shot of them in this same position, but their lower halves are beneath the sheet.
  • SMOKING
  • Rafi's doorman smokes once and some brief, miscellaneous smoking occurs at a party.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Rafi tells Lisa that she finally signed her divorce papers (after nine years of marriage but no children) and was surprised how quickly her estranged husband did his signing.
  • David states that his grandmother died 3 weeks after he introduced his black girlfriend to her, but a joke (on the part of the film) then shows his imagined view of his grandmother repeatedly whacking a metal skillet to her head.
  • David and his mom don't talk for a period of time regarding his relationship with Rafi (at first about her not being Jewish and then about her being Lisa's patient).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Older women dating younger men and whether age differences should be of concern in relationships where both parties are over 21.
  • Therapists.
  • Divorce.
  • Lisa wants David to marry someone of his own faith (Jewish) and asks why he'd want to get involved with anyone else if he knows nothing is going to come of it.
  • A guy jokingly asks his male friend if he's a hermaphrodite.
  • We see that Rafi's friend Randall is gay (he eyes David).
  • David saying that being in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship means you've seen each other pee.
  • Lisa states that religion is paramount in a person's life.
  • The comment that love is not always enough and that relationships are work.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Morris thrusts a pie with a whipped cream topping into previous date's face. Two men then race after him and he hops in the car as David drives off (played for comedy).
  • David states that his grandmother died 3 weeks after he introduced his black girlfriend to her, but a joke (on the part of the film) then shows his imagined view of his grandmother repeatedly whacking a metal skillet to her own head.
  • We see a flashback of David's grandmother repeatedly whacking herself on her head with skillet upon hearing that he's going to be an artist.
  • When a model (who's just slept with him) asks David if he believes in the love of Jesus Christ, we see an imagined view of David's grandmother whacking herself on the head with a skillet.



  • Reviewed September 28, 2005 / Posted October 28, 2005

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