In a day and age when May-December relationships are as common as CSI spinoffs or Donald Trump PR ops, Prime couldn't settle for a mere age difference in its lead lovers. Nope, not only is there an age difference—Rafi (Uma Thurman) is 37, David (Bryan Greenberg) is 23—there's also a religious difference, a rebound (she signs divorce papers a week before they meet), a socio-economic gap, baby-lust issues, and, uh, and that little matter of his mom being her therapist (oh, don't act surprised, you've seen it in all the previews). In other words, this relationship is anything but "prime."

But that doesn't stop Rafi and David from falling for each other. After they meet through mutual friends at an art-house theater—where he's on a date, by the way—he finds her number in the phone book (Hello? Has he never heard of Google?) and calls her up. They go out and start the whole movie dance of boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, yada, yada, yada.

In the early days, their relationship falls prey to one of my Hollywood romance pet peeves—not showing us why they like each other. All we see of the budding romance is him chatting cute about carp on their first date and gazing longingly at her golden locks. Then he sneaks her into a secret garden nestled in New York City, where they prattle awkwardly about beer and kiss for the first of many times. Considering all the hurdles they have to jump to get to each other, I needed more.

Of their laundry list of differences, the age issue bothers them most, and they each seek counsel: Rafi from her therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), and David from his best friend, Morris. These are classic quirky supporting characters; David's friend wears ladylike glasses and throws ...

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Prime
Our Rating
2½ Stars - Fair
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for sexual content including dialogue, and for language)
Directed By
Ben Younger
Run Time
1 hour 45 minutes
Cast
Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg, Jon Abrahams
Theatre Release
October 28, 2005 by Universal Pictures
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