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‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’: Magical Realism for the Whole Family

September 9, 2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Movie Poster

I’m only kidding of course. While Woody Allen’s newest film is still not quite accessible to a G-rated audience, Vicky Cristina Barcelona could actually be the perfect family film when released on DVD. Your father will love it because of the hippie inspired steamy, dark room exhibition of free love between the cast’s two leading ladies. Your mother will love it because it tackles feminist sentimentalities while simultaneously exploring the what-if possibilities of torrid love affairs that run rampant in all of Amanda Quick’s novels. Your 13-year-old brother will inevitably love it for the same reason your father did. And your 17-year-old sister will love it as well, having just entered her first all-important coming of age photography phase captured elegantly in the film by Scarlett Johansson. (Remind you of any other films starring ScoJo as a young woman experiencing existential crisis in a foreign land?)  This movie truly has it all. Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, threesomes, and enough what-does-it-all-mean ponderings to make any recent college graduate (Lifting Fog staff) somehow identify with a story born out of the mind of a writer in his early 70s. Que viejo!