I had a really good time watching Chloe at the Westfield Mall yesterday. Here are four of the countless things I enjoyed about the movie:
- A gynecologist (Julianne Moore) hires a lady of the night (Amanda Seyfried) to aggressively flirt with her musicologist husband (Liam Neeson).
- Will Neeson lunge at the dangled bait? (If he does, he sux!!!)
- Julianne Moore gives Liam Neeson a bottle of Laphroaig ("The World's most richly flavoured Scotch whisky") for his birthday, even though (or maybe because?) she suspects him of long-term serial infidelity.
- Liam Neeson's home-office library includes a hardcover book by Rush Limbaugh.
Is the movie "risible"? Here's what four critics have said:
- "'Chloe' [is] the risible new marital drama-thriller from Canadian director Atom Egoyan ('The Sweet Hereafter')." —Leah Rozen
- "[I]t's all too soigné to be truly risible..." —J. Hoberman
- "Even the throbbing score, by Mychael Danna, sounds unwittingly risible..." —Anthony Lane
- "The final third is so outrageous, so risible, as to approach high camp." —Phil Bacharach
There's a lot of super-implausible stuff in this movie—the hardcover Limbaugh book is but the tip of the iceberg—but I really liked it.