Rent Midnight in Paris (2011)

3.6 of 5 from 383 ratings
1h 30min
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Gil (Owen Wilson) is a successful Hollywood screenwriter struggling with his first novel whilst on holiday in Paris with his fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams). As he starts to fall in love with the city he also discovers that after midnight, Paris is magical and it could be the ultimate source of inspiration for his writing.
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Jaume Roures, Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
Woody Allen
Woody Allen, Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil, Anne Seibel, Hélène Dubreuil
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2012 Oscar Best Original Screen Play

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Run Time:
90 minutes
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1

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Reviews (6) of Midnight in Paris

Charming feel good film - Midnight in Paris review by EW

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Set in Paris, a gently funny and charming film which contrasts the Woody Allen type character's love of Paris, culture and the past with his fiancée's shallowness and love of the present, using his sudden ability for time travel to make the point. It's an obvious plot line but beautifully done, with Paris portrayed at it's most romantic!

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

No matter how bad he gets I feel impelled to keep watching - Midnight in Paris review by CP Customer

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Of the bad Woody Allen films out there, this is one of the best. At least it isn't about some old man having a relationship with a pretty young lady many years his junior. Why oh why does he caricature every person though? Why does he insist on hand holding you through the whole thing with overacting and overt set ups. Most of all, why do I keep watching every Woody Allen film despite their increasing embarassing flaws? Overall, I enjoyed it!

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Charming and imaginative - Midnight in Paris review by AW

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Very pleasantly surprised with this charming, funny and amusing tale of a struggling writer who magics himself back in time to the era of his dreams. Put together with imagination and how pleasant to watch something a little different. Well done!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Midnight in Paris review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

From world renowned neurotic and cult director Woody Allen comes the film that has quickly become the most commercially successful of his entire career, Midnight in Paris. The movie stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams as a couple, engaged to be married, who take a trip, with her parents, to Paris.

Wilson plays Gil, a cranky screen writer whose experience of Hollywood is making him disillusioned and apathetic, however an interest in 1920’s Paris and a strange incident with a vintage car find Wilson thrown back into the past and a guest at a fabulous high class party where he meets F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Cole Porter and falls in love with Picasso’s mistress. Wilson returns to his past Parisian dream every night, leaving his fiancé behind after a failed attempt to bring her with him. As Wilson’s appreciation for the 1920’s grows the divide between McAdams and him stretches.

This is a movie about nostalgia, which seems a very potent subject with current fashion traits and Allen’s poor performance since his cinematic heyday; yet it ends with a conflicting message about enjoying the presence for what it can offer, rather than – literally – living in the past.

The movie is surprisingly enchanting, Wilson is excellent and I note that he grows on me with every film he makes, whilst the 1920’s setting is simply fabulous. Beyond this there is enough comedy to keep the plot afloat throughout, without distracting too much from the nostalgic charm of the piece as a whole.

For what it is, which ultimately is a romantic comedy, Midnight in Paris is classy and adult, and a genuine pleasure to watch.

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