- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 21, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Magnolia
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Box Office - 06/22/2007
"[E]minently endearing....[The film has] a bold sense of direction."
Ultimate DVD - 11/23/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "Stark, moving and above all honest, Cassavetes's understated dramedy hangs on Posey's complex, flawed and very believable Nora..."
Known mainly for playing quirkily comic characters, Parker Posey shows she can tackle a serious role just as skillfully in Zoe Cassevetes's moving film. BROKEN ENGLISH stars Posey as Nora Wilder, a thirtysomething whose disastrous dating experiences in the Big Apple have put her on the verge of giving up all hope when it comes to love and happiness. Constant comparisons to her best friend Audrey's (Drea de Matteo) seemingly perfect marriage, and her overbearing mother's (Gena Rowlands) fixations on her single status wear on Nora, making her vulnerable to even the slightest hint of male attention, like the advances she gets from a sexy and famous actor (Justin Theroux) who begins bunking at the chic hotel where she works. After a string of equally failed attempts, Nora starts to wonder if there's something wrong with her. It's at this ultimate low when a visiting Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud) swoops in with charm and aggressively woos Nora, who, despite being filled with reluctance, cannot shake the feeling that this one might be different.
Posey displays palpable desperation and convincing loneliness as a woman at the age when societal pressure to settle down reaches a peak. While many chick lit titles have tackled this topic, Cassavetes does so with realism and respect. She infuses her film with great sadness but also hope, making Nora a unique character despite her potentially clichéd predicament. Unlike BRIDGET JONES, BROKEN ENGLISH never mocks its heroine. Thanks to fine camera work and especially riveting musical touches, Cassavetes brilliantly keeps the audience in Nora's head at all times, filling viewers with the same doubts that her protagonist has, and making us guess what the outcome will be until the very last frame.
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical Release: June 22, 2007