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A good woman - Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Mike Barker

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Movie propaganda

Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.

Mrs Erlynne (Helen Hunt), at the conclusion of yet another affair and financially exhausted, leaves New York ostensibly to exploit Robert (Mark Umbers) and Meg Windermere (Scarlett Johansson), a young but high-profile couple of the 1930s, at their fashionable vacation scene on the Amalfi Coast. Her seduction seems effective when Robert begins writing her cheques that conveniently sustain her life style while the local aristocracy buzzes with conjecture. Meg becomes the love object of Lord Darlington (Stephen Campbell Moore), while Mrs Erlynne confuses the social perspective by a dalliance with Tuppy (Tom Wilkinson), a portly millionaire who decides to court her.

Meanwhile, Mrs Erlynne's real reason for intruding on the Windermeres is revealed, but circumstantially concealed. Meg's fan, a gift from Robert, becomes a central character as the metaphor for clandestine behaviours, infidelity, social frivolity and ultimately commitment. The witty, romantic comedy is inspired by Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's fan, and the spark of the film is Tom Wilkinson's performance, skilfully directed by Mike Barker in the visually sumptuous setting of Ravello.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy manners romance Oscar Wilde Windemere redemption thirties aristocracy

Persons of interest

  • Helen Hunt .... Mrs Erlynne
  • Scarlett Johansson .... Meg Windermere
  • Tom Wilkinson .... Tuppy
  • Stephen Campbell Moore .... Lord Darlington
  • Mark Umbers .... Robert Windemere
  • Milena Vukotic .... Contessa Lucchino
  • Diana Hardcastle .... Lady Plymdale
  • Roger Hammond .... Cecil
  • Jane How .... Mrs Stutfield
  • Giorgia Massetti .... Alessandra
  • John Standing .... Dumby
  • Bruce McGuire .... Joe
  • Oscar Wilde .... Playwright: Lady Windermere's fan
  • Howard Himelstein .... Screenwriter
  • Mike Barker .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

There's not much that needs to be said about A good woman so here goes.

The bits written by Oscar Wilde are hilarious. The bits written by Howard Himelstein are ok. The inclusion of a plethora of Americans is not just dodgy, it's annoying. The Euro-actors are great. The American actors are annoying. Helen Hunt is whiny and obnoxious (I realise that that sounds like the definition for "American" but she isn't this way in other films). Scarlett Johansson is bland, as is Mark Umbers. Stephen Campbell Moore and Tom Wilkinson are delightful.

That's it. See A good woman for the British, not for the Americans.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Trailers: Upcoming releases

Security censorship classification

PG (Mature themes)

Surveillance time

94 minutes (1:34 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 23 June 2005
DVD rental: 14 December 2005
VHS rental: 14 December 2005

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