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A Good Year

Russell Crowe, insufferably wry, plays a commodities trader who inherits his uncle's estate and abandons his very good life in London (huge income, glossy babes, penthouse with a spectacular view of the Thames) for a very good life in Provence (fine wine, earthy babes, chateau with a spectacular view of his vineyards). Well, I'm sure we've all learned a valuable lesson. The movie reunites Crowe with director and fellow ubermensch Ridley Scott (Gladiator), and it's the first time either has tried his hand at comedy; there's a lot of self-conscious talk about the importance of timing, but the tony sense of entitlement tends to dampen any laughs. The movie functions best as a middle-class Euro-postcard along the lines of Chocolat or Under the Tuscan Sun. Marc Klein adapted Peter Mayle's best-selling book; with Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard, and Abbie Cornish. PG-13, 117 min.

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