Romance and Cigarettes

(USA, 2005, 104 minutes)

A blue-collar New Yorker is split between an impetuous red-headed lover and a resentful wife who is not happy to learn of her husband’s infidelity. Bewildering musical melodrama that could easily be defined as Dennis Potter in Queens, but never really works despite a committed all-star cast because it is all over the place: it hasn’t much of a plot to start with, falls too easily into foulmouthed humour, most characters have no obvious reason to be there and descends into weepie territory in the last half-hour.

United Artists and Joel and Ethan Coen present, in association with Icon Entertainment International, a Greene Street Films/Janus Films production. Starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro; and Christopher Walken. Directed and written by John Turturro; produced by John Penotti and Turturro; music supervisor, Chris Robertson; original music by Paul Chihara; director of photography, Tom Stern; production and costume designer, Donna Zakowska; film editor, Ray Hubley; choreographer, Trixie Brouk, with additional choreography by Margie Gillis.


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