Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Juliet, Naked Review - 3½ Stars

"Juliet, Naked" gives hope to romantic comedy fans. Rose Byrne (as Annie) finds herself stuck in a years long relationship with self-centered film professor Duncan, played by Chris O'Dowd. Duncan has replaced his passion for Annie with an obsession for over-the-hill rocker Tucker Crowe, played by Ethan Hawke. The plot takes a turn when Annie posts a scathing review of the latest decades old Tucker Crowe tape. Of course, the real Tucker Crowe sees the post and responds agreeably, leading to a friendship with Annie and opening the door to one of those be careful when you meet your hero moments. Ethan Hawke feels perfect as the washed-up star with multiple families and problems. Chris O'Dowd plays against his usual funny nice guy image to great effect. Rose Byrne centers this story and wins us over. "Juliet, Naked" goes beyond the usual love triangle detailing believable, mistake-filled lives. The movie has a surprising satisfying feel. "Juliet, Naked," rated "R," 3½ stars. Does it deliver what it promises? Satisfying romantic comedy. Is it entertaining? Completely. Is it worth the price of admission? A winner.