& Country (2001)
Andrew S. Karsch
& Country is a great example of how bad publicity can ruin not
only a film's box office performance, but also its critical reception
and subsequent reputation. I won't claim that critics are biased, but I
will claim that the state of affairs between filming of Town &
Country started in 1998 until it finally was released in 2001 didn't
help the overall reception of the film.
off with falling into line: the film is somewhat abruptly edited, it is
largely idiotic and it has a script that is a bit all over the place.
But the two latter arguments does more good than harm for Town &
Country. The carefree lack of a thin red thematic line here does
wonders for its little discussions which otherwise easily could have
come off as something you pull off of an almost static production line. A
situational comedy about sex and infidelity is something we've seen
before – but not quite like this, with ageing swan-singing stars, with
illogicalities and peculiarities like dancing polar bears and swearing
old ladies in wheelchairs, and with numerous tasteless and inconceivable
segments that freshen up this amusing little film. Because this is a
little film – no matter how much it cost. And it is a film with spirit,
albeit a wavering one.