BLUE JASMINE

Director Woody Allen
Year 2013
Starring Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay.
Rating PG-13
Run Time 98min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Cate Blanchett takes on the role of Jasmine, a former Manhattan socialite who has hit rock bottom. When it all falls apart she’s forced to move to San Francisco to stay with her sweet and much too forgiving sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Despite her misfortune, Jasmine arrives at Ginger’s quaint apartment with Louis Vuiton luggage and haughtiness in tact. Jasmine constantly offends everyone she encounters in her highly downgraded surroundings as her past is slowly revealed. Years of marriage to wealthy Madison Avenue trader, Hal (a role flawlessly executed by Alec Baldwin) have armed Jasmine with an unwavering commitment to her own special brand of denial. Jasmine seems to be the only person to remain blissfully unaware of Hal’s true slime ball nature when it comes to both business and other women. Aided by Xanax and booze, Jasmine rapidly unravels as she plots her return to high society. 

Oscar nominations are certain. BLUE JASMINE is so much more than Woody Allen’s new movie. Fans and critics alike are calling it his return to form. Drawing obvious inspiration from Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Woody Allen's film is a compelling look at the conflict between working-class reality and highbrow desires. To say Cate Blanchett stars in BLUE JASMINE is a grievous under-statement. Blanchett’s performance is indisputably soul-shattering.  It’s impossible not to hate Jasmine for all her denial and snobbery while slowly beginning to understand, sympathize and even pity her. 

“Woody Allen's latest is a brilliant, switchblade soap” –Catherine Shoard, The Guardian 

“his most sustained, satisfying and resonant film since MATCH POINT.” --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

[Blanchett's] performance is like watching a gorgeous vase will itself to keep from shattering as it falls floorward." --Bruce Handy, Vanity Fair

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