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A Good Year (Widescreen Edition)
A Good Year
Widescreen Edition
Actors: Russell Crowe, Freddie Highmore, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Rafe Spall
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2007     1hr 58min

Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) is a highly successful investment expert with no time for life outside work. When his estranged uncle dies, Max inherits the vineyard in France where he grew up as a child, and his first intenti...  more »

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Actors: Russell Crowe, Freddie Highmore, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Rafe Spall
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/27/2007
Original Release Date: 11/10/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 11/10/2006
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 1/21/2023...
Slow burn film that picks up mid-stream through until el fin!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Gloria B. (glowbird) from SPOKANE, WA
Reviewed on 10/9/2022...
Russell Crowe (Max Skinner) inherits a chateau and vineyard from his uncle Henry (Albert Finney). He is an investment broker in England and must travel to France with plans to sell the property where he'd spent much of his childhood. We are introduced to his uncle through flashbacks. Albert Finney plays his uncle Henry, who is an enigma, whose lessons on life are juxtaposed to his thoughts on wine. For his part, Albert Finney is perfect, his delivery of lines is impeccable. My favorite scenes are of his interactions with young Max, played by Freddie Highmore "many vintages ago." The vintner, Francis Duflot, is played by Didier Bourbon, more famous in France for comedy films, is the vehicle here for connecting Max with his past and his uncle, and through much of their interaction to invite insults between the French and English. Duflot's wife, Ludivine, is played by Isabelle Chandelier. Ludivine is endearing and hilarious as a French motherly type chiding both her husband and Max. Inevitably, Max meets the lovely Fanny Chanal, played by Marion Cotillard, and despite contentious beginnings they fall in love as Max leaves his brokerage to stay in Provence. I haven't mentioned Abbey Cornish, who complicates Max's plans to sell the estate, with her announcement that uncle Henry is her father. Ridley Scott captures the beauty of southern France. This is a delightful film made even better by the most imaginative choices of music - French, English and American - from his uncle's collection, "The Wedding Samba" by Edmundo Ross, or Je Chante by Charles Trenet. It's one to enjoy again and again. My only regret is this is not available on region A Blu-ray.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sharon F. (Shar) from AVON PARK, FL
Reviewed on 3/11/2022...
A heartwarming love story between a ruthless wealthy man (Russell Crowe) who inherits a winery. But he falls madly in love with the French girl (Ridey Scott) who runs the place, which throws a damper on his plans to sell the place.

What I really enjoyed about this movie was that the romance was between two adults, not teenagers.
Joan F. from MARLTON, NJ
Reviewed on 11/14/2010...
Just makes me want to go to Italy right now. Soooo good!
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A very 'Good' film indeed...
Damian Gunn | I am everywhere | 12/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really don't understand all the bad reviews from critics and reviewers alike for I personally loved this movie. Now, it's not the grandest spectacle to grace the big screen nor is it Russell Crowe's finest hour, but `A Good Year' is some quality entertainment and serves it purpose in the relaxed and happy season that is fall. Having just seen the poorly made and highly overrated `Catch a Fire' I was ready to relax and watch something entertaining and enjoyable, and being the Russell Crowe fan that I undoubtedly am I decided that `A Good Year' would be just that movie.

Max Skinner (Crowe) is a stuck up British stock broker who at one time was a kind hearted soul, and his fondest memories are littered with his Uncle Henry (Finney) and his Chateau in France. Upon his Uncles death Max is left the sole owner of Henry's estate, and in like fashion he flies out there in order to sell if for profit and make it back ASAP. What he doesn't bank on is Christie Roberts (Abbie Cornish) showing up claiming to be the long lost daughter of Henry and claiming rights to his estate. Throughout the course of the film Max has to go through the stages of redemption, which include discovering the jerk he has become and rediscovering his inner child.

The two key components to his wonderful film is the scenery and the acting. The script and storyline as some have already pointed out is very unoriginal, we've seen this done plenty of times, but the beauty that is France, as well as the beauty that is Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard (who plays Fanny, the seductive woman who steals Max's heart) more than make up for the familiarity. Crowe is, as many know, my all time favorite actor ever, and I feel that he can carry any film he touches. Whether you are a fan of his phone throwing escapades or not, you have to admit that the man is gifted, very gifted. Here he proves that by being just as compelling and engrossing laughing and smiling as he is riding into battle. Albert Finney and Marion Cotillard are also wonderful here, but to me it was little Freddie Highmore (such a talented young man) who outshined most in the cast (can anyone outshine Crowe...I don't believe so).

As I said in the beginning, I don't understand all the bad press. So what if it's no `A Beautiful Mind' or `Gladiator', so what if Russell was not Lucky Jack or James Braddock, `A Good Year' is still a good time and Max Skinner is just as fun as Crowe ever was. I recommend it, I enjoyed it, no better yet, I loved every minute of it."
Time for a French view on this film maybe ?
Olivier Tichit | Indonesia | 03/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Oui, this is a "feel-good" movie. Oui, the script has almost no surprises in it. Oui, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe and the rest of the cast must have had a great time shooting this.

Still, this movie delivers exactly what i expected. It made me smile, it made me laugh ("Lance Armstrong !"). It is a touch short on drama. Bon, to be honest the drama bit is poorly handled.

The actors are good and i did not feel i was making them a favour for paying to watch this movie. Ridley Scott delivers some nice views. Fair enough.

Relax, let the movie take you where you know it is going, and enjoy that simple pleasure. There are many movies out there with greater ambitions but that deliver far less."
Ease Up Reviewers
Movie Addict | San Diego California | 12/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I agree completely with "Damian." I don't understand all the bad reviews either. No point going over the plot again, you can read about it in several other reviews, but I saw it twice in the theater and it made me happy and relaxed. Of course it's not high drama or great literature, but it's certainly a nice respite after "The Fountain." And you have to laugh at the "Lance Armstrong" reference. Come on, people, lighten up out there!! Let's leave some room for these kinds of movies too."