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CIFF 09, Drama
You know a director is desperate for laughs when she resorts to a fast-motion sequence, and Katherine Dieckmann deploys one in the very first reel of this indie project: Uma Thurman, playing a harried wife and mother in Greenwich Village, races around her little apartment on a typical morning, tending to her husband and preschool children. Once a promising fiction writer, she now spends her day contending with parking restrictions, rude shoppers, and defensive mothers on the playground, stealing the odd moment to write on her blog. Thurman dials down the glamour with a baggy dress, ratty hair, and horn-rimmed glasses, but comedy is hardly her strong suit, and Dieckmann hands her one stilted sitcom gag after another before downshifting into a self-engaged drama of middle-class bohemian discontent. Anyone interested in the filmmaker should skip this and check out her easy, naturalistic 70s period piece Diggers (2006). With Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. PG-13, 90 min.

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Director: Katherine Dieckmann
Writer: Katherine Dieckmann
Producer: Rachel Cohen, Jana Edelbaum, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon and John Wells
Cast: Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver, Samantha Bee, Carol Commissiong, Alice Drummond, Arjun Gupta, Jenny Kirlin, Javier Picayo and Vincent James Russo

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