Movie Reviews: The Truth About Charlie




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     20th Century Fox (1 hr. 44 min.)
     A young woman in Paris is about to divorce her husband when she discovers...he's dead; and all of their money is gone.
     Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins, Christine Boisson, Stephen Dillane
Bottom Line:


Here’s the truth about "Charlie." The film is just a charade. No…make that, it’s not "Charade," the 1963 Cary Grant /Audrey Hepburn classic on which it’s based. "Charlie" lacks the style, flair and sweep of the original film that had its own problems trying to copy Hitchcock’s stylish spy thriller, "North by Northwest." But that’s another review.

Despite "Charlie’s" flaws, Thandie Newton is captivating as Regina, a wealthy Paris socialite who returns home from holiday and finds her apartment ransacked, husband murdered and an assortment of dangerous characters believing she knows where her husband hid their stolen money.

Mark Wahlberg (who’s not Cary Grant or even as good as Hugh Grant) plays a mysterious man who’s attracted to Regina, but is convinced she’s hiding the money he says belongs to him. Although "Charlie" works hard to be memorable and has its moments capturing the audience’s attention, in the final analysis, "The Truth About Charlie" never really jells and thus becomes just another forgettable remake of a classic film you can catch on cable or rent for under $2 at your local video store. Sorry, Charlie.



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