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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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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

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

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5 August 2016 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$359,289 (USA) (15 July 2016)

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$11,078,961 (USA) (30 September 2016)
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Third movie together for Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, after Adventureland (2009) and American Ultra (2015) See more »

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The grand piano in the first club scene was a Sojin, a Korean brand. Sojin pianos were not imported to the US until 1981. See more »

Quotes

Leonard: Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." But the examined one is no bargain.
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Referenced in On Cinema: 'Café Society' And 'Jason Bourne' (2016) See more »

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I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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One of Woody Allen's weaker projects
23 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

There is a lot going against this movie. Jesse Eisenberg's character comes off as a complete asshole within 10 minutes of the film, thanks to a really terrible scene between him and a Jewish hooker. None of the humor in that scene landed, which just made the situation really sad and uncomfortable to watch, and then kind of difficult to root for Eisenberg at all after that. Steve Carell isn't bad by any means, but he seems incredibly miscast in a role like this (not to say that he can't act in roles that are more serious, but this Hollywood film executive didn't really suit him). Both of the Dorfman parents come off as really awkward on screen and thus kill any of the jokes that they're meant to deliver. The only actor that gives a notable performance in this movie is Corey Stoll as the brother, but it's not enough. Kristin Stewart was mostly fine, but occasionally started picking up some of her infamous Kristin Stewartisms throughout. Carell and Eisenberg become really close out of nowhere, both of the couples' relationships are sped up by Woody Allen's narration (which doesn't really add anything to this film), and this movie is only 90 minutes long, so I feel as if they could have definitely spent more time with all of these relationships, instead of just having Woody tell us what was happening. And on top of all of this, while this is a beautiful film to look at, there is nothing new in this movie. It's another Woody Allen movie with the same romances and love triangles centered around white people who like jazz with a pretty inconclusive and unsatisfying ending.


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