Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Woody Allen hits a high note in this spicy comedy with Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson as Cristina and Vicky, two life-long friends with opposing ideas relating to love and romance.
No sooner have Cristina and Vicky installed themselves for a European summer in the lush Barcelona home of some American family friends than the pair meet Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) in an restaurant. He’s an impossibly creative and attractive lothario who invites the pair to share his private plane and bed on a weekend trip to Oviedo. Cristina leaps at the chance, but Vicky, who’s engaged to be married to a dull, earnest but loving businessman back home in the States, thinks it’s the most ridiculous idea she’s ever heard. After some tumultuous bed-swapping, things really heat up when Juan's tempestuous ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) appears unannounced with no intention of leaving. A classic Allen blend of light melodrama and sexual shenanigans make this an enjoyable return to form, and a fullfilling star-filled romp.
Directed by Woody Allen. 96 mins, Rated R
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