Writer-director Ben Younger's first film, the Vin Diesel-starring 'Boiler Room', was set in the world of dodgy stock dealing. It had some good scenes and lines but came across to some as a junior version of 'Glengarry Glen Ross' - a 'boys night in film', if you will. Younger has now tried to cross the gender divide with 'Prime', an older woman-younger man romance that, like 'Boiler Room', will have its share of fans and critics.
Reeling from the upheaval of her recent divorce, 37-year-old fashion stylist Rafi Gardet (Thurman) seeks solace and guidance in her weekly sessions with analyst Lisa Metzger (Streep). Rafi is now thinking about children; facing back into the dating game and wondering if certain aspects of life are going to pass her by. And then at a cinema she meets David Bloomberg (Greenberg), an aspiring artist who's 14 years her junior. They connect immediately, with David's easygoing attitude and humour the perfect counter for Rafi's uptight nature and heavy heart. But for the romance to survive they'll both have to deal with a big surprise closer to home.
There's no doubt that 'Prime' has some decent laughs and sweet moments, but Younger's film wobbles because it tries to be a drama and a comedy at the same time. It becomes a rule of thumb early on that any scenes involving Streep (once again showing her talent for comedy) will be funny, while those involving the couple try to get you thinking a little more. It's not a chore to watch, but it does feel as if one mood or the other should've got all the duvet.
The most memorable thing about 'Prime' isn't the story, Thurman or Streep, but the performance of Greenberg. A 'One Tree Hill' regular, his portrayal of someone still on the border between his teenage years and adulthood hooks you from the off and it'd be a huge surprise if he doesn't start cropping up in bigger films very soon.
In the meantime, you'd get/give a second date after this one. Probably.