The Dinner

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Directive: Oren Moverman
Cast: Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, Laura Linney
Genre: Crime Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA 2017 120 mins. (15)
Released by Vertigo Releasing

History professor Paul Lehman (Steve Coogan), bitter, depressed and not good company and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) meet with his estranged iPhone busy, handshaker, deal maker, politician brother Stan (Richard Gere) who's going for State Governor and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) in a flashy, avoid if you can, long waiting list restaurant to talk about what to do about their 16-year-ols children Michael (Charlie Plummer) and Rick (Seamus Davey) who've been involved in the death of a homeless black woman in an ATM booth. What's it to be, cover up or come clean?

A satire on the middle classes or a black comedy take on neurotic parents and their kids? Adapted from Herman Koch's 2009 novel, what you get for all courses is a staged, tedious and disjointed menu with flashbacks, including an on-going reference to Gettysburg that will have you head in hands, making for the exit asking what is Oren Moverman trying to do. The conversation doesn't get to cover up or come clean until it's time to get out of the restaurant. The only small consolation is Michael Chernus who plays the maitre'd and he should have told all four guests after the starter to call it a day. Go home.

A walk past, talky movie with nothing to say.

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Friday, December 8, 2017 - 00:30