Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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The Weinstein Company, Mediapro and Gravier Productions Released 2008

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13

Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a romantic drama film directed by Woody Allen that follows the diverging lifestyles of two very close friends during their summertime visit to Barcelona, Spain, narrated by a narrator (Christopher Evan Welch). Vicky (Rebecca Hall) had always been the traditional one in the friendship with her life on a set plan, which includes finishing her Masters degree in Spain and marrying the safe, benign, and reliable Doug (Chris Messina). Cristina (Scarlett Johansson), on the other hand, is spontaneous and emotional, often following whatever comes her way because she has no real direction in her life. Vicky desires safety whereas Cristina desires passion. When bold and free artist Juan Antonio Gonzalo (Javier Bardem), a man with a very passionate and tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife, invites them for a weekend of unknowns, Cristina pulls Vicky along in the debauchery planned by Juan Antonio. Though Vicky does succumb to his charms, Cristina maintains a relationship with Juan Antonio as her friend follows through with her lifeâ��s plan. However, when the ex-wife, Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) returns and joins her ex-husbandâ��s new relationship, Cristina finds herself growing restless at being the only sane one in her relationship. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a look at what goes into life and love, whether itâ��s full of plans or impulsivity.

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  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Offers potent romantic fantasy elements for men and women and a cast that should produce the best commercial returns for a Woody Allen film since "Match Point."

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Although Vicky Cristina trips along winningly, carried by the beauty of its locations and stars -- and all the gauzy romanticism those enchanted places and people imply -- it rever...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Bardem's performance is so good it tends to mask how lacking much of what surrounds it is.

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Drama

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social commentary, extraordinary situations, travel tales, keeping secrets, ensemble cast