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1h 38min
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Anne (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record of 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.
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Judd Apatow, Albert Berger, Barry Mendel, Jeffrey Soros, Igor Srubshchik, Ron Yerxa
Evgenia Peretz, Jim Taylor, Tamara Jenkins, Nick Hornby
Universal Pictures
Comedy, Romance
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98 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1

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Reviews (7) of Juliet, Naked

A good romantic comedy - Juliet, Naked review by JD

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Beautifully played with a talented cast. Haven’t read the Nick Hornby book, but it is in his usual funny style.

Quite touching in places as the two story strands converge, and the three lead actors create an interesting scenario with a fun soundtrack and nice locations.

A good date movie to spend an evening on the sofa with a glass of wine !

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There are no naked Juliet's in this film... - Juliet, Naked review by DS

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I am not obsessive about much and certainly not music, I am one of those weird people to whom music has no massive presence in their life. Having said this I did know lads at school that obsessed over groups and brought Japanese print only vinyl for £100 of any group they took a shine to, they went to concerts all over the UK, talked all day about their obsession. So this film seemed very familiar with the opening ten minutes.

Juliet, Naked is light and funny for most of the running time with the three main characters well played by Chris O’Dowd, again, Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke, who I could believe was not stretching himself, I’m sure I’m wrong but I think he lives a bit like Tucker Crowe. O’Dowd, in particular, seems to know exactly what obsessive to the point of unhealthy and dull to be around is through his performance but you have to suppose a lot of actors and especially the females, might well know where that side of ‘fandom’ comes from.

Annie is cautious and bit frightened of her own shadow, she puts up with a lot, it’s me for goodness sake. I felt Rose Byrne got this right too – despite being a lead in the story it is the one part that should not be showy but if anything underplayed, almost wallpaper, I thought the Australian actress got this virtually spot on. If there was one misstep in the characters it was Annie’s lesbian sister that just seemed to be a lesbian and her sister for laughs and nothing else, a bit of frippery.

Throughout the story the hands of Nicky Hornby are all over this. As an author he can write true to life authentic, sympathetic, deeply flawed, ordinary folk, that behave in a realistic manner. Sometimes these characters do not transfer to the silver screen so well, in the case of Juliet Naked the hit rate is much higher than the miss rate.

The location was generic English seaside town, actually Broadstairs in Kent, but like most Hornby creations it is irrelevant, it could be the States or Australia he is digging into people and their foibles. You have to admire his ability to crank out stories that mine the same rich vein but generally do not get too familiar or boring.

Juliet, Naked is fun and enjoyable.

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A Charming British Film - Juliet, Naked review by CS

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Adapted from a Nick Horny book, this is the sort of film the British do well - well drawn characters, good acting, amusing script and some great locations along the Kent coast. Nothing too consequential but a feel good movie in which Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Chris O'Dowd (ditto and the fabulous Calvary), and Ethan Hawke (lots!) relax themselves into their roles and carry you along on an armchair of cotton wool in a thoroughly satisfying and well told story. Just the sort of gentle escapism that is needed in these times. 

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Juliet, Naked review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The quirky love triangle of Juliet, Naked by its very construction would seem like a misfire of a romantic comedy, especially for one based on a novel. To my mild surprise, however, this tale of romantic misunderstandings and lost nostalgia sort of won me over enough to be slightly touched by its romantic wonderment. Maybe it’s because the cast is relatively subdued or that there’s a certain softness to its love triangles, but it managed to hit just a few of the right notes.

Perhaps it’s because there’s a more believable flow to the drifting and magnetism. Consider how Chris O'Dowd, who can reach high levels of screeching in his Scottish accent for comedic roles, feels somewhat relatable as an overly obsessed music fan. He plays Duncan, a man so culturally obsessed with music that he has labeled himself the #1 fan of the old rock star Tucker (Ethan Hawke). He knows all sorts of useless facts about Tucker, such as him using sounds from an answering machine for the chorus. But he’s not meant to be cartoonish and isn’t devoid of some sympathies. His girlfriend Annie (Rose Byrne) at one point will receive some rare tracks of Tucker and listens to them while Duncan is at work. Duncan is furious, overreacting that it’s him who should have listened to it first. He comes around quickly, however, and admits he overreacted. It’s going to take a little more time for him to process, however, when Annie admits she didn’t like the music. Clearly, this relationship isn’t going to work.

While Annie has no interest in Tucker’s music, she does take an interest in the man himself. After writing a scathing online review, Tucker writes back to her in an email stating that he admires her honesty. Over the course of the next few days, they exchange email conversations and slowly grow a connection, to the point where Tucker can open up about his past wives and children that he has tried to place behind him. They soon meet and you can imagine the kind of reaction Duncan would have to this latest development, even if he has already moved onto a more culturally stimulating partner in his teacher co-worker Gina (Denise Gough).

The film proceeds on a few of the expected stops but with reactions played more up for emotional reactions than over-the-top theatrics. This is best showcased in the scene where Duncan and Tucker finally meet each other. Duncan tries to impress Tucker with knowledge of his music, but a disinterested Tucker bitterly states that his biggest fan doesn’t know anything about him. This would be the moment in any other comedy where Duncan would explode about how horrible it is to meet his heroes. And, yet, Duncan fires back with a knowing response about how he still appreciates Tucker’s music even if he doesn’t appreciate his own talent. The words are a bit stumbling, but the message resonates well.

More intriguing and moving is the relationship between Tucker and Annie who clearly have a connection but with a certain fear of going forward. This is mostly due to Tucker’s son who tags along when Annie comes to visit. Tucker turns out to be a pretty good dad, but parenthood is a somewhat terrifying aspect for Annie who initially wanted it with Duncan but isn’t so sure about it with Tucker. This is more of an internal struggle than anything all that outward that Tucker’s child possesses.

Juliet, Naked isn’t quite perfect with scenes coming off a little more mild than I’d prefer. But what’s perhaps the most refreshing aspect is that the adult characters feel like intelligent and thoughtful people, despite some being obsessed fans or having rocky relationships. There’s a certain warmth that just barely comes through and makes this film just strong enough to be lovable in its own subdued ways.

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