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Town and Country

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language
Very Offensive
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Romance Comedy
1 hr. 54 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
April 27, 2001
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Featuring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Garry Shandling, Goldie Hawn
Director: Peter Chelsom
Producer: Andrew Karsch, Fred Roos, Simon Fields
Distributor: New Line Cinema

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: (from the producer) Porter Stoddard (Warren Beatty) is a well-known New York architect with a supremely successful life. But after a series of comic missteps, he finds his devoted wife Ellie (Diane Keaton) is suspicious of his whereabouts and his soon-to-be adult children (Josh Harnett and Tricia Vessey) don’t seem to need him anymore. Meanwhile, Mona (Goldie Hawn), Porter’s childhood friend, has just found out her husband Griffin (Gary Shandling) is having an affair, just as Griffin, his best friend, is on the verge of leaving his old life behind. Shocked that Mona has now filed for divorce, Porter tries to pull his own life together before it’s too late. But instead, he only winds up making matters worse. As Mona and Ellie ponder the foolish choices men make, porter slips into a series of bizarre comic adventures. Soon he and Mona grow dangerously close as life with Ellie begins to fall apart.

Not knowing what to do, he does what any other self-respecting American male would do—he escapes with his best friend to search for some meaning to their quietly disintegrating lives. Along the way they meet up with Eugenie (Andie MacDowell), a jet-setting heiress, and her daffy eccentric parents (Charlton Heston and Marian Seldes); Auburn (Jenna Elfman), the free-spirited owner of a bait and tackle shop; and Alex (Nastassja Kinski), a beautiful cellist who may or may not be carrying Porter’s Child. But just as it becomes evident neither man is the person he thought he was, each decide to use the one final weapon they have left-honesty. Suddenly the lives of both couples come together in a raucous denouement as they try to reclaim the part of themselves they seemed destined to forget.

Viewer Comments
…this film was alright. I expected better. It wasn’t that funny. For an R-rated movie, it was pretty tame. I knew what to expect (I actually find out more about these R-rated films before I see them. Try people!) It had a few sexual references and implied sexuality, but nothing more! don’t take kids. Could be a good date movie…
My Ratings: [Extremely Offensive / 3]
—Adam, age 18
Needless to say, we left this movie about mid-way through. It was filthy. I expected much more of Goldie Hawn, she is a gifted comedian. Awful.
My Ratings: [Extremely Offensive / 1]
—Rhonda Watson, age 46
Movie Critics
…Graphic sexual encounters with nudity, obscene dialogue and humorous treatment of adultery…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…convoluted and incoherent [plot]…
—Cynthia Fuchs, Pop Matters
…without much of a sense of logic or humor…
—Ramsi Simhan, The Kansas City Star
…at least 7 uses of the “f” word, while other expletives are uttered…