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Café Society (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 August 2016 (USA)
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In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Phil Stern
Sheryl Lee ... Karen Stern
Todd Weeks ... Oscar
Paul Schackman ... Al
Jodi Carlisle ... Maid
Jeannie Berlin ... Rose
Ken Stott ... Marty
Richard Portnow ... Walt
Jesse Eisenberg ... Bobby
Sari Lennick ... Evelyn
Stephen Kunken ... Leonard
Laurel Griggs Laurel Griggs ... Evelyn's Daughter
Corey Stoll ... Ben
Saul Stein ... Ben's Hood
Gabriel Millman Gabriel Millman ... Ben's Hood
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Storyline

In 1930's Hollywood, the powerful agent, Phil Stern, is attending a party and receives a phone call from his sister living in New York. She asks for a job for her son and Phil's nephew, Bobby, who decided to move to Hollywood. Three weeks later Phil schedules a meeting with Bobby and decides to help him. He asks his secretary Veronica "Vonnie" to hang around with Bobby, showing him the touristic places. Bobby immediately falls in love with Vonnie, but she tells that she has a boyfriend, a journalist that travels most of the time. However, Vonnie's boyfriend is indeed a married man that is also in love with her and soon she has to make a choice between her two loves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Anyone who is anyone will be seen at Café Society.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, a drug reference, suggestive material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

5 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Café Society See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$359,289, 17 July 2016

Gross USA:

$11,103,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,763,247
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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Third movie together for Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, after Adventureland (2009) and American Ultra (2015) See more »

Goofs

Twice, one of the characters states that Judaism does not believe in an afterlife. This is untrue. Judaism does indeed recognize an afterlife. Many books have been written on the subject including "Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose" by Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz (2015), See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [from trailer] Life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedy writer.
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Soundtracks

I Only Have Eyes for You
(from The Woman in Red (1935))
Composed by Al Dubin & Harry Warren
Performed by Gene Raymond
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment
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A life unexamined is not worth living...and a life examined is no bargain.
9 January 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Leave it to Woody Allen to add that ending to a quote by Socrates.

Woody Allen is so prolific that he can't possibly knock one out of the park every time. Though "Cafe Society" has a bittersweet, thoughtful quality about it, it's not one of his best.

Jesse Eisenberg is the Woody character, Bobby, who moves to LA from the Bronx in the 1930s and drops in on his highly successful agent uncle, Phil Stern (Steve Carrell). Bobby has only been trying to see him for three weeks, but Uncle Phil finally comes through. He has Bobby work for him doing errands until he can steer him toward something better. He also asks his secretary Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) to show Bobby around.

Bobby falls for Vonnie immediately, but unbeknownst to him, she's having an affair with his uncle, who is married. Phil decides he can't leave his wife and breaks it off with her, and she and Bobby wind up falling in love. But later, it falls to Vonnie to make a choice.

Cafe Society is a little on the slow side - the acting is good, there are a few jokes, it's historically accurate (I'm always looking for films about old Hollywood to goof up like Barton Fink), and the photography and fashions are beautiful.

Woody is talking here about the road not taken and showing us two people who think about that other road often. Of course there's no answer, but it is something we all wonder about especially as we age.

I just don't think the story was tight enough - it seemed to meander.

I'm not familiar with Kristen Stewart. She has a special beauty and a nice presence and fit into the film well. Eisenberg, like most actors doing the Woody character in Woody films, takes on some of Allen's inflections. He's likable. Steve Carrell's role does not play to his strengths but he pulls it off. Someone on this board complained about Bobby's parents. I thought Jeanie Berlin, whom I haven't seen in years, was terrific and gave a very realistic performance.

Not a heck of a lot goes on in this film - it's not serious like Crimes and Misdemeanors and it's not Bullets Over Broadway, which was a comedy with serious undertones about art. I think here Allen making a choice about which it would be may have been a good idea.


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