*** out of ****
(for strong language)
Released: August 27, 2018
Runtime: 105 minutes
Directed by: Jesse Peretz
Starring: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd, Lily Brazier, Ayoola Smart
My review of Juliet, Naked, for The Tulsa Voice. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity), this romantic, philosophical charmer stars Ethan Hawke as a recluse singer from the 1990s who strikes up an e-mail relationship with the London girlfriend (Rose Byrne) of his biggest superfan (Chris O’Dowd).
“Akin to something Cameron Crowe might’ve made a generation ago,” Juliet, Naked explores “long-term relationships, settling, (in)fidelity, and overzealous fandom.”
“Byrne carries her life’s discontents with convincing melancholy. O’Dowd gives emotional cred to a music nerd who would otherwise be easy to mock, and Hawke—even as a penitent deadbeat—shines in full Linklater mode (ala “Boyhood” and the “Before” trilogy).
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