Guest Author - Rain Battle
Written and directed by Ben Younger ("Boiler Room"), "Prime" is a romantic comedy about a woman who falls for a younger man, and who is - unbeknownst to her - her shrink's son.
Uma Thurman ("Kill Bill series," "Pulp Fiction") is Rafi, a 37 year old woman who has recently endured a painful divorce and is ready to move on. She enlists the help of a therapist, Dr. Metzger (Meryl Streep). Dr. Metzger encourages Rafi when she meets David, a younger man who Rafi is immediately drawn to. At 23, David (Bryan Greenberg, "One Tree Hill" TV) is a much younger man and also Dr. Metzger's only son. That isn't the only problem.
Although they are wildly attracted to each other, the age gap between Rafi and David eventually creates issues neither of them is sure how to deal with. David loves the current music scene, especially hip-hop, and Rafi is used to associating with New York's high society. Pushing close to 40, Rafi is eager to have a baby, but the young David is nowhere near fatherhood. There are religious differences as well, not to mention David still lives with his grandparents. Despite all of their differences, the two fall in love, which throws the normally reasonable Dr. Metzger into a tailspin. She complains about her son's choice to her therapist and squirms her way through uncomfortable sessions with Rafi describing what sex is like with David.
"Prime" is a funny movie, with lots of sweetness and sentiment. Rooting for Rafi and David comes naturally as we get to know them, and you can't help but laugh at Dr. Metzer's discomfort in balancing her motherly concern and professionalism. Although the film is of average length (105 minutes) the story seems to drag toward the end, maybe because we're saying "Enough already!" Eventually, we want David and Rafi to figure things out and decide if they will pursue a long-time relationship. We want Dr. Metzger to confess how she feels, to talk with David and Rafi and for it all to end happily (or not). I of course won't say how it ends, but the delay in settling the plot's isssues dragged just a tad too long. Fortunately it wasn't long enough to ruin what is essentially a good movie.