Rent A Good Year (2006)

3.4 of 5 from 199 ratings
1h 52min
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Crowe stars as ruthless businessman Max Skinner, a man whose sole raison d'etre is the acquisition of wealth at the expense of the other guy. But when he inherits a vineyard in the south of France, hard-driving, fast-talking Skinner begins to slow down and embrace the simple - and most precious - pleasures of life.
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Voiced By:
Philippe Bergeron, Edita Brychta, Hélène Cardona, Jean-Louis Darville, Neil Dickson, Jean Gilpin, Nicholas Guest, Patrick Hillan, Frank Isles, Peter Lavin, Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson, Paula J. Newman, Moira Quirk, Valerie Milenka Repnau, Darren Richardson, Jean-Michel Richaud, Samantha Robson, Ian Ruskin, Linda Sans, Bruno Stephane, Karen Strassman, Jean-Paul Vignon
Marc Klein, Peter Mayle
20th Century Fox
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Run Time:
112 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
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Reviews (3) of A Good Year

Insufferably smug Englishman-in-France soap for US audiences - A Good Year review by PV

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I found this film deeply irritating. Why? Well maybe it's the way it is clearly aimed at the American market so lays on thick the English and French stereotypes (it panders to the USA so much it even used the US version of 'For here's a jolly good fellow' whish in the UK has 'and so say all of us' and NOT 'which nobody can deny as used here).

Like most US films, English people are portrayed as all upper class and rich - this panders to what Americans want to see (as mercilessly milked by High Grant and directors/writers like Richard Curtis. Personally, I find it all vomit-inducing in its twee dishonesty.

It's based on the best-selling (and unashamedly elitist) books of Peter Mayle (author of A Year in Provence). So all tickety-boo middle class fantasy, basically.

France is as appallingly stereotyped as the English characters too AND OF COURSE there needs to be an American character to appeal to that market.

The central character is entirely unsympathetic - and this is laid on thick so as to make his 'redemption' more right-on and perfect in character development terms BUT it is 100% unbelievable too. I have heard of bankers changing careers like this after battles with booze or after losing money/jobs/careers/ homes BUT successful greedy pig bankers do not change their spots so easily!

Acting is fine, and one or two jokes made me laugh. Some pretty French scenery too. Best I can say of this emo-porn fantasy.

But really, only one for the hardcore fans of Ridley Scott or Russell Crowe. 1/5 stars rounded up.

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