Selfishness and cruelty never go out of style, which might explain why this millennial update of Henry James's 1897 novel works so well. Screenwriters Nancy Doyne and Carroll Cartwright have turned the novel's divorced couple into a glib, angry British art dealer (Steve Coogan) and a fading, insecure New York rocker (Julianne Moore), though the central character is still their little daughter, Maisie (Onata Aprile), whom they coldly neglect until one of them wants to use her to screw the other. When each of them remarries, Maisie is treated with greater tenderness by their respective spouses (Joanna Vanderham and Alexander Skarsgard), but these three innocents are only pawns to the spoiled and willful parents. Time has hardly dulled the edge of James's angry moralism. Scott McGehee and David Siegel directed.
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