Juliet, Naked

M 97 mins

About the film

Release Date: Sep 6, 2018
Director: Jesse Peretz
Actors: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O'Dowd
Juliet Naked is a charming film adaptation based on Nick Hornby’s 2009 novel, “Juliet” stars Rose Byrne as Annie, the curator of a local history museum in a small English seaside town. Annie is falling out of love with boyfriend Duncan (Chris O’Dowd, funny as ever in his low-key way), a film professor at the local college teaching classes dissecting “The Wire” and the role of the Alienated Male in Modern American Cinema.

The problem is that Duncan is also a man-child who can’t get his head out of the ass of a reclusive singer-songwriter named Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). Life receives an unexpected jolt for Annie, however, when she’s serendipitously contacted by Crowe, and the two strike up a seemingly platonic relationship. Of course, this being a romantic dramedy, it’s anything but that.

It’s a classic love triangle — with Tucker and Annie, as email pen pals, slowly coming to the realization that they may have feelings for each other, and with Duncan playing the jealous third wheel. Jealous, that is, of Tucker, not Annie.

Director Jesse Peretz, a former musician and a founding member of the band Lemonheads, has assembled several indie musicians, including Conor Oberst and Robyn Hitchcock, to write the film’s songs of romantic love and loss and coupled with Hornby’s signature wit and wide streak of melancholy makes for a lovely romantic comedy.

Bring a date; you’ll want to hold hands for sure.

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