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DVD Reviews - A Good Year

After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a ch√Ęteau and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Memories, a beautiful woman, and a young American who says she's Henry's illegitimate daughter interrupt his plans. Did Max the boy know things that Max the man has forgotten?

I'll be very to the point on this. Unless you absolutely love Russell Crowe, skip this show. As a romantic comedy it fails, the pacing of the show is very uneven, the comedic timing is way off, Russell's character make me want to whack him with a cast iron skillet until his skull is obliterated. Yep, not good when you want to whack the male lead in a romantic comedy. He's arrogant, egotistical and I feel absolutely zero attachment to this jerk except that ... he should be shot dead and forgotten.

That said, this show rates a 2/5. Possibly a 1/5 but that personal prejudice.


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