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Whit Stillman

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Plot Summary

A conservative American businessman living in 1980s Barcelona is joined by his obnoxious cousin, a naval officer. As they compete for women, the two rivals find themselves each embroiled in a culture where anti-American violence is on the rise. An effective mix of romance, drama and dry humor, starring Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner and Emmy-nominee Mira Sorvino ("Gods and Generals," "Mighty Aphrodite"), Taylor Nichols (TV's "The Mind of the Married Man," "Jurassic Park III"), Christopher Eigeman (TV's "Malcolm in the Middle," TV's "It's Like, You Know…"), and Tushka Bergen ("Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," "Swing Kids"). Directed by Academy Award-nominee Whit Stillman (TV's "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Metropolitan").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A remarkable find: The film doesn't stop at getting your attention, it rewards it. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: An exquisitely composed yet fiercely combative satire (set in the eighties) of European mores as seen through the eyes of two young exemplars of the American establishment. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Apr 2, 2012

Rotten: Ted and Fred may finally leave you not caring about Stillman's protagonists -- not so much ugly Americans as mildly unpleasant Americans. – Michael Snyder, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 12, 2003

Fresh: Stillman pulls confident, polished performances from all his actors. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Feb 12, 2003

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Customer Reviews

A beloved and quirky film

Funny. Chatty. Will make you want to travel, and to find your mate in a foreign land.

And you'll learn what Maneuver X is and how to apply it in your own life.

Incisive, insightful, complex and fun

I lived in Barcelona, and can say this film does a good job representing a specific kind of culture clash that happens in the realm of thirty-something pretensions to grandeur. There is a tension in the air that gives life to the city, and this film somehow captures that, though it explores a unique, and awkward perspective. The foreigner's view is important, because Barcelona is both an intensely locally focused city with its own regional culture and also a cosmopolitan patchwork full of creative and hardworking immigrants who do a great deal to make the city what it is. The humor is dark at times, or wry, or just oddball, and you may need to see it more than once to realize how good it is.

iTunes Playback

iTunes has horrible quality and playback. Takes 3 hours to download. Then, if that wasn't enough time to download properly, the movie lags and glitches. I have had this problem every time I download a movie from iTunes.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1994

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