Picks and Pans Review: Town & Country
This misguided comedy is not as terrible as was rumored before its release, but it sure won't wind up in any of the big-name stars' tribute reels. Despite the cast, it's a cheerless mishmash that is as depressing to watch as it must have been to make (three years of production and delays ended up costing $80 million-plus).
T&C follows the marital troubles of two long-married, wealthy Manhattan couples (Beatty and Keaton, Shandling and Hawn). Both husbands are cheating, with Beatty conducting not one extramarital affair but two. Frothy sex comedies about married folk, which is what T&C aspires to be, revolve around frustrated lust and mistaken assumptions about who's sleeping with whom, not the actual between-the-sheets action seen here.
Finally, when Beatty and Hawn, stars who are now 64 and 55 respectively, go at it enthusiastically on a couch, even a viewer well past the first blush of youth couldn't help but think that it was like watching one's parents. All together now: "Eeewww!" (R)
Bottom Line: Stop the marriage-go-round, we want to get off