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GLORIA BELL – Rated R – 1 hr. 42 mins.
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sebastian Lelio
WRITERS: Alice Johnson Boher, Gonzalo Maza
STARRING: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera, Alanna Ubach, Brad Garrett, Sean Astin and Rita Wilson
When 50-something divorcee Gloria (Julianne Moore) fills her evenings with LA Clubs and dancing the night away, it seems that she has caught the eye of a new admirer, the newly divorced and quite smitten, Arnold (John Turturro). Arnold seems to want nothing more than to have Gloria in his life, that is if he can ever get beyond his life-controlling daughters, and super annoying ex-wife. As Gloria and Arnold venture into their newly established romance, Gloria finds that keeping up with her two adult children, Veronica (Alanna Ubach) and Peter (Michael Cera), and making sure she remains a part of their lives, is becoming rather taxing along the way too. When Gloria realizes that dating life in your 50’s, isn’t quite what she was anticipating, she also soon finds herself wondering if the only real person that she can depend on at this point in her life…is herself…
I give GLORIA BELL a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or NETFLIX! I was totally pumped to see Julianne Moore back on the big screen, playing the role of a 50-something divorcee in search of love. Moore is perfectly cast for this role, and talk about being amazingly buff and beautiful in real life too, as I was blown away by how intensely beautiful and perky she still is at the age of 58. The other castings throughout this film were just as perfect too – including Garrett as the ex-husband, Turturro as the new love interest, and Ubach and Cera playing her adult children, were notable as well…even though there roles we less than supporting at best. But tragically, even with this perfectly casted entourage in place, this film, and its storyline, literally ended up going nowhere. There was certainly ample opportunity to expound upon the many dimensions of this character’s life, which the film kept trying to set up, but it seemed that Sebastian Lelio, the Director, didn’t want us to go in any one direction for too long, or to finish any of the multi-dimensional storylines he had concocted either, along the way. It’s truly tragic the way the plot of this film was finally beginning to thicken, and you finally began to experience passion and intenseness on screen, then, just like that, it was over, leaving you with a sense that you just viewed a film that is rather mundane, and totally unfinished. And sadly, there isn’t anything I hate more than a film that seems to have so much potential, yet manages to find its way into becoming something immensely unfulfilling…