1 hour, 28 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for some sexual references and smoking.
Owen Wilson ...
Rachel McAdams ...
Michael Sheen ...
Marion Cotillard ...
Tom Hiddleston ...
Adrien Brody ...
Kathy Bates ...
Corey Stoll ... Hemingway
Carla Bruni ...
Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a successful but creatively frustrated
Hollywood screenwriter on vacation in Paris with his fiancee, Inez
(Rachel McAdams), and her parents. Once there, the couple meet up with
an insufferable professor friend (Michael Sheen) and his girlfriend. On a tour of Versailles, they talk about the novel Gil's have trouble completing. Gil is obsessed with Paris in the '20s, and that night, Gil skips out on Inez to wander the streets of the city and at midnight a vintage Peugeot full of merrymakers pulls up and invites him to join
them. They take him to a party where he meets Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston and Alison Pill) and Cole Porter himself is singing at
the piano and soon he's talking to Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll),
who speaks about courage and manliness. Hemingway agrees to read Gil's
manuscript, but when Gil comes back after picking it up from his hotel, not
only has Hemingway vanished, so has the scene of the party.
The next few days are divided between the long, dull daytimes
with the increasingly irritated Inez and her boring parents (Kurt Fuller and Mimi Kennedy) and brief, magical nights when
he dances the Charleston and gets to meet Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) who really does agree to read his book. Gil also begins to fall for the impossibly beautiful Adriana
(Marion Cotillard), a woman who seems to have slept with everyone from Hemingway to Picasso to Modigliani, but seems even more caught up in the Belle Époque of 19th-century Paris where she introduces Gil to Toulouse-Lautrec and
Gauguin at Maxim's. But soon Gil begins to realize that there's no such thing as an
ideal era, a time free of conflict and regret.
After any number of
unimpressive film appearances lately, Owen Wilson makes a perfect Allen
surrogate in Midnight in Paris, although he obviously looks or acts nothing like Woody. And, although this may be be a minor Woody Allen film, it is still his best and certainly most charming in years