Sunday, November 27, 2005


cast: uma thurman, meryl streep, bryan greenberg

if to be taken with little serious thought, “prime” can be simply viewed as a very lighthearted and extremely sexy comedy. but beneath all the witty conversations lie the dark shadow of prejudice. issues such as religion, racial ethnicity and age serve as the background theme of the movie’s conflict.

uma thurman’s character, still trying to recover from a devastating break-up with her husband (or should have i said ex-husband?) meets a younger man in the form of bryan greenberg’s character. uma’s therapist – the character being played by meryl streep – does not discourage her from dating bryan even if there is a large gap in their age, uma being 37 and brian 23. unbeknownst to meryl (the therapist) the young man uma is dating is her son. it has to be pointed out that meryl comes from a conservative jewish family. and whether consciously or subconsciously, she has a double standard when it comes to family matters. cause upon knowing that her son is dating an older, non-jewish, caucasian woman, who, she does not realize is actually her patient uma, she throws up a fit, berates her son and tells him to stop seeing this “outsider”.

and that is the lesson being imparted by the movie. what has love got to do with religion, race or age? people say love is blind and yet it seems that they would prefer to take a peek.

we try to pigeonhole people depending on their faith, color or age bracket. i say god sees everybody equally whether you’re a newborn baby, a pastor, the president of the united states or a very successful and attractive porn star.

discrimination is for the uneducated and narrow-minded. of course, we have our preferences. but the way we decide what to like should not be based on our biases to certain types of people. for example, if you are a person who is against immorality, don’t hate all the atheists just because their actions are not held bound by any god. i know some atheists who live more moral and humane lives than christians. i’m pretty sure you’ve seen erap receive holy communion on national tv. ‘nough said.

so i guess the most significant message i picked up from the movie was: if anyone is to make a judgment of preference, it should be based on the individual’s personal values and ethics system and not on the individual’s religion, race, age, social status, popularity, sexual preference, political clout, material wealth and all such similar concepts that we often misconstrue as the essential and determining factors of what a good man or woman should be.

rating: 4 of 5 stars * * * *
the only reason i’m not giving this one a 5 is that despite its r rating, there was no nudity.


rob said...

Haven't watched this yet but I was told this has a 'realistic' ending. Is the ending worth it?

roehl said...

rob, to be honest, i already forgot the ending! (must be suffering from short term memory loss) but the entire movie is so good that the significance of an isolated event like the ending seemed unimportant. as my new found friend jonathan loves to say, "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts".

rmacapobre said...

i just saw this film. you are right. it is delightful and very modern.

uma thurman. she can devour anyone she wants.

jews remind me a lot of chinese filipinos. theyre very protective of their assets. and their culture. parents rule over their children's lives. probably a basic difference is that jewish children are more empowered being in the states to make their own decisions.

people should be aware of what they want out of a relationship. there are acceptable compromises. and there are none negotiables.

realistic ending? yes ... i liked the ending.