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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘Two Lovers’

Take a break from not working this wasted holiday week: watch a movie trailer…

Oh dear: here we go again. It’s the tale of a schlub who wants the gorgeous golden girl who’s way out of his league instead of the “ordinary” girl right in front of him. And he gets her! And he gets the other girl too!

Not that Joaquin Phoenix is a schlub, but it looks like he’s doing a pretty good imitation of one here. And I guess if Gwyneth Paltow is watching you in your bedroom, any guy would think that was pretty hot. Oops, and yeah, the dumb girl — pretty, but dumb — who’ll cling to a married man believing he might actually leave his wife one day probably would turn to the schlub. Just in a moment of weakness, of course. Because what gal is complete without a man?

I kid — at least, I hope I kid — because I’m expecting this to be a lot more than the standard nonsense, what with writer-director James Gray in charge. He made the astonishing and underrated We Own the Night in 2007, and The Yards a few years before than, both also with Phoenix. If only Phoenix hadn’t told us this was going to be his last film, I’d have said he and Gray were on their way to being the new Scorses and DeNiro. Oh well.

Two Lovers debuts on HDnet Ultra VOD in the U.S. on January 16, 2009, and opens theatrically in limited releases in the U.S. on February 13, and in the U.K. on February 27.

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