Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked

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For those who aren’t already fans of Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name, the title of this British/American comedy drama references a fictional album that’s recorded by one of characters in the movie, nothing else.

Hornby, whose earlier books High Fidelity and About a Boy made for such entertaining films (the same can’t be said for A Long Way Down) is a warm-hearted storyteller who has a knack of getting under the skin of his flawed male characters.

Here we meet Annie (Rose Byrne) who’s stuck in a long-term relationship with her music-obsessed boyfriend Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), who idolises iconic American rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). Feeling like she’s wasted the past 15 years with a man besotted by someone else, Annie writes a harsh review of Crowe’s new album (Juliet, Naked) which leads to an unlikely encounter (and impending relationship) with the rocker himself. Commence the comical encounters between the trio and some heart-warming revelations.

The trailer alone shouts “feel-good flick of the year,” with its acoustic soundtrack, funny quips from O’Dowd and scenes of romance between a lovable Byrne and always dependable Hawke.

The bottom line
A charming feel-good flick with a great cast.

DETAILS

Juliet, Naked
DirectorJesse Peretz
CastingRose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Jimmy O. Yang