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Guy de Fraumeni’s Hollywood 1n The Hamptons The latest ingratiating romantic comedy owing a bit of its wit and charm to its self- titled “Samuel Goldwyn” who could make the only self-character of a joke into a “Goldwynism” and still get a laugh, taken from his well known “yes” which is, “I’ll give you a definite maybe.” This is an easy response to direct questioning. It’s kinder and more interestingly juxtaposed as something a bit more complex. The writer/director, Adam Brooks, has done this pretty much to all of his films of the romantic comedy genre. For instance, he creates much more tension following a sex education class of the leading character by indicating that she has picked up some valuable technical vocabulary. This falls upon the father, Will Hayes, an advertising executive, as played by actor (Ryan Reynolds) to perhaps come in with a bit of padding. The movie becomes sensitively dangerous here on in. As much as we want our children to grow up sensibly and happily, we do not want to step on any of their tender little toes just yet. On the other hand, when a Dad is confronted with his daughter’s sex education in middle school, he doesn’t want to let any secrets out of the bag. How advanced is the daughter Maya Hayes, played by Abigail Breslin? Maybe the cat should not be let out of the bag. But maybe she has chosen to remain an enigma, a somewhat silent figure flanking a romantic comedy presence. And, in turn, contriving a characterization that doesn’t have to fall back on one-liners. It’s a slick situation. Perhaps Maya Hayes should be allowed to keep her secrets, since no one knows what they are. To further complicate, Will must re-detail his own background. To keep events straight even in his own mind, he retells a PG -13 version of some of his life and loves before she was born. It’s easy to see why the three women in his life are attracted to him. His various conquests all have fictional names and the first to appear in Will’s flashbacks is his college sweetheart

Definitely, Maybe

Emily (played by Elizabeth Banks). He leaves her and Wisconsin to take a job in Manhattan with the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign. Emily fears the move as he bonds with free spirit April (Isla Fisher), only to be sidetracked when along comes glamorous,

journalist Summer Hartley (played by Rachel Weisz), who is sleeping with the gonzo journalist Hampton Roth (Kevin Kline at his funniest.) Will leaves Emily for Summer, who betrays him for a story and after all, April’s feelings change. Maya now interrupts her father’s story to return to the present. Considering the size of the cast and how convoluted and contrived the story line is – we are left with not much to deal with as far as comedy is concerned, or romance for that matter. We realize that romantic comedies aren’t what they are cracked up to be, but some chards of entertainment, emotion, and feelings must register a few lines of reason, and settle the dust of chaos. And in the end, there is not necessarily a happy ending. Mom and Dad end up divorced. And, scrambled in the dust and crackled bits of life are sharp and cutting bits of wisecracking nonsense that do hurt a person a whole lot… Robert Klein also appears in a very short cameo appearance. However, when Mr. Klein appears in a short cameo it can go on forever. His motor mouth is only half as crazy as the story line that has gone totally down a clogged drain. Characters in the plot are easily identified if you care to take the time. However, you may not want to take the time since the cast is not engaging enough, the characters repeat words we have heard before, contrivances out-contrive themselves, and of all things, the source of Maya’s curiosity about her parents past is a very graphic sex class at her school. Not a very warm and cuddly reminder of the past maybe, for a growing girl. But these are the choices given to you folks. Please don’t tie up the phones making reservations for tonight’s showings. Nothing racy is shown on screen, only talked about. Guy-Jean De Fraumeni is the producer/writer/director of award winning European and American feature films. He has been a judge at Major Film and TV award competitions,including the Oscars, the Emmy’s and various film festivals. Sarah Halsey assists him.



Upcoming events can be seen in the following sections:

Art Events – pg. 55 Benefits – pg. 44, Movies – pg. 49, Day by Day – pg. 44, Kids’ Events – pg. 46 Schedule for the week of Friday, February 22 to Thursday, February 28. Movie Schedules are subject to change. Always call to confirm shows and times.

WESTHAMPTON BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (631-288-1500) The Diving Bell and The Butterfly – Sat. 7:30 Sun. 1, 4

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SAG HARBOR CINEMA (+) (631-725-0010) Caramel – Thurs.-Mon. 4 The Diving Bell and The Butterfly – Thurs.-Mon. 6 London To Brighton – Thurs.-Mon. 8 p.m.

UA SOUTHAMPTON (+) (631-287-2774) Jumper – Fri. 4:45, 7:45, 10 Sat. 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10 Sun. 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 Mon.-Thurs. 4:45, 7:45 Juno – Fri. 4:15, 7:15, 9:40 Sat. 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40 Sun. 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Mon.-Thurs. 4:15, 7:15 No Country For Old Men – Fri. 4, 7, 9:50 Sat. 1, 4, 7, 9:50 Sun. 1, 4, 7 Mon.-Thurs. 4, 7 Be Kind Rewind – Fri. 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Sat. 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Sun. 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon.-Thurs. 4:30, 7:30

UA EAST HAMPTON (+) (631-324-0448) Definitely Maybe – Fri. 4, 7:10, 9:50 Sat. 1, 4, 7:10, 9:50 Sun. 1, 4, 7:10 Mon.-Thurs. 4, 7:10 Vantage Point – Fri. 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Sat. 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Sun. 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:45 Mon.-Thurs. 5:15, 7:45 Spiderwick Chronicles – Fri. 5, 7:30, 10 Sat. 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun. 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:30 Mon.-Thurs. 5, 7:30 In Bruges – Fri. 4:20, 7:20, 10:40 Sat. 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:40 Sun. 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 Mon.-Thurs 4:20, 7:20 There Will Be Blood – Fri. 3:30, 7, 10:20 Sat. 12, 3:30, 7, 10:20 Sun. 12, 3:30, 7 Mon.-Thurs. 3:30, 7 Fool’s Gold – Fri. 4:30, 7:50, 10:30 Sat. 1:30, 4:30, 7:50, 10:30 Sun. 1:30, 4:30, 7:50 Mon.-Thurs. 4:30, 7:50

UA HAMPTON BAYS (+) (631-728-8251) Fool’s Gold – Fri. 4:25, 7:25, 10:05 Sat. 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:05 Sun. 1:25, 4:25, 7:25 Mon.-Thurs. 4:25, 7:25

Spiderwick Chronicles – Fri. 4, 7, 9:40 Sat.1, 4, 7, 9:40 Sun. 1, 4, 7 Mon.-Thurs. 4, 7 Jumper– Fri. 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 Sat. 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 Sun. 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 Mon.-Thurs. 4:20,7:20 Step Up 2 – Fri. 4:30, 7:30, 9:55 Sat. 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 9:55 Sun. 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon.-Thurs. 4:30, 7:30 Charlie Barlett – Fri. 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sat. 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sun. 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Mon.-Thurs. 4:15, 7:15 The sign (+) when following the name of a theatre indicates that a show has an infrared assistive listening device. Please confirm with the theatre before arriving to make sure they are available.

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Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...