Paris Can Wait

5.81 h 32 min2016PG
Follow Diane Lane's journey of discovery involving fine food and wine, romance, humor and picturesque sights across France.
Eleanor Coppola
Diane LaneAlec BaldwinArnaud Viard
English [CC]
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Cédric Monnet
Eleanor CoppolaFred Roos
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Mary Burnett de GomezReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Romantic Indulgence
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I loved everything about this sweet wonderful film! It might be too slow and gentle for some, but I think there are a lot of women who will identify with the character Anne, as I did. Anne reluctantly learns that it is ok to slow down and enjoy the meandering ride, wonderful food and beautiful sights her husband's French business partner treats her to as they make there way to Paris over two days. She also learns what it is to be appreciated and cared for instead of always being there for others. I've watched this film several times and each time I see something new in the way Anne's relationship develops with Jacques in a most gentle way. I found it a bit life changing for myself actually. Lane and Viard are superb and watching them interact with each other is wonderful. For those of us who need to "let go" and learn that we need to slow down and enjoy simple pleasures, it will be a total delight! One of the most romantic films I've ever had the pleasure to see.
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P. HookerReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved. It.
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I really LOVED this movie and will buy it. I really like Diane Lane and the whole meandering plot was charming rather than tedious. Loved the emphasis on food and loved the rather eye winking ending as well. This film had a really simple story highlighted with acting and great scene setting all around. The director was really good. The actors were great. I wish it were a series.
16 people found this helpful
Travel Books and MoviesReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Unless you really like France & Food, Paris Can Wait...Can Wait
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This movie has all the elements of a movie I would love--a road trip through the beautiful French countryside, sensuous scenes of food and wine, lessons on romance, love, and the meaning of life...but I can’t actually say I loved it.

Diane Lane plays Anne, a middle-aged American woman in France with her busy film-producing husband (played by Alec Baldwin). When he has to fly somewhere on yet another business trip, but Anne is feeling ill, his business associate, a Frenchman named Jacques (played by Arnaud Viad) offers to drive Anne from Cannes to Paris.

What should have been a seven-hour trip ends up taking several days as Jacques decides to show Anne the beauty of France--the food, the wine, the beautiful sights, and, along the way, he helps her understand a key difference between French and American culture: the pleasure in taking things slowly and appreciating life (and everything in it).

But, I’m afraid that’s the problem with the movie--it’s just too slow. (Yes, I see the irony in my opinion.) I don’t mind a slow meandering plot--especially since that’s the theme of the movie--but I need to care about the characters and enjoy the dialogue and neither of those were true for me here. Anne and Jacques don’t seem real and there isn’t any chemistry between them.

This is one of those movies that has real potential--and if you enjoy France, food, or wine, you will still get something out of this movie--but, for the most part, I’d say you can wait on Paris Can Wait.
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GlamGirlReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I rarely write reviews but this movie is horrible. I was cozied up in bed and needed a comforting light hearted film.
Let me first say that I love Diane Lane, her films are always at least a nice escape - like under the tuscan sun or nights in rodanthe. I thought this film would be like a "Something's Gotta Give" type of film. IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST FILMS I'VE EVER SEEN. The entire film, the French man is SO corny, unlikeable and she seems completely annoyed/bored by him (as is the audience) and then we are to somehow believe there was a spark between them in the end. The cinematography and soundtrack were boring as well - so not even that going for it. I am so annoyed that I wasted my time with this RIDICULOUS film.
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Georgia PeachReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very picturesque, but no plot, boring!
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I LOVE actress Diane Lane but with two A-list actors like Diane Lane & Alec Baldwin, I was expecting something MUCH DIFFERENT! Basically, it sums up to being a travelogue. The scenery was gorgeous; however, the movie basically consisted of lots of driving, eating in various fancy restaurants & lots of wine drinking. No plot whatsoever! Lane plays the neglected wife of a big time movie producer played by Alec Baldwin. As the two are about the board a jet, the pilot discovers Lane has an ear infection & advises her not to fly. Baldwin's very French, charming associate offers to drive Lane to Paris where she & Baldwin are to meet up in a few days. This is where it becomes boring! Lots of driving, eating & drinking wine along the way. What is supposed to be a 9-hr. drive to Paris, turns into several days making Baldwin a bit annoyed & worried as he is always calling his wife to check up on her & warning her about Frenchmen. Aside from the gorgeous scenery of the French Riviera & countryside, the movie offers little else. If you love a good travelogue, this is the movie for you. However, considering the lack of a good storyline & plot, I found it very disappointing considering what an awesome actress Diane Lane is. I do have to give her credit though for her role well played. She was a class act as usual! To sum up this movie--in a word...BORING!
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KMReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
The absolute worst...
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This movie is one of the most annoying movies I have ever watched. First of all, if you get sucked in because you are an Alec Baldwin fan, don't bother. It probably took him longer to shoot the movie poster than the amount of time he is in this movie.
The other male lead is an incredibly pushy and annoying character. He is constantly pushing the female lead (I can't remember any of their names, I'm trying to forget the whole thing) to do things she doesn't want to do and then she goes along with them. What you are supposed to get from this is that he is opening her eyes to all the beauty of life. What I got from it was that he is totally overbearing and completely unconcerned with her wishes and because she is a woman he will teach her what she is too stupid to know and eventually she will acquiesce to his desires because after all, she is only a woman and should be polite and not push back and say she doesn't want to go on his ridiculous excursions. She spends the whole movie annoyed by him until he has a quickie with another woman at one of their thousands of unnecessary stops (It's ok, he's French). Then she starts to seem jealous. It's so basic and really annoying to see women portrayed so idiotically. So he's subtly hitting on her during the whole movie and then at the end is vigorous with his pursuit. And after you've spent an hour and something watching her be put out by him she's all into this very macho come on. She's married, he knows it- but he's French, so you know... And the ending will make you want to smash your TV... So idiotic. It deeply misses on all counts.
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ElizabethReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Redeemed by food.
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The only thing that rather redeemed this film was the great discussions / appreciation about food and wine. That, and the guy who was driving her WAS creative, even if it was so obvious that he was probably a well-practiced charmer.

If you are looking for something to make you feel as great as "Under the Tuscan Sun," this is not it. This movie has little if any of the lovely joy and beauty that made that film so special. It is not that I was looking for an "Under the French Sun," but at least something that captured the wonder of Europe (in this situation, France specifically).

However, if you appreciate great food and wine, you might like certain aspects of this film. He was almost like a male Julia Child on a tour of, food, food! Those scenes I really did enjoy.
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GardenbunReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Delight for the Senses
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I loved this movie! It was subtle and understated. It provided the experience of arm-chair traveling (and eating) through Diane Lane's characters. I find her to be a highly likable actress in every role she plays and this movie was no different. The character, like most middle aged women, has lived her life for the benefit of those closest to her, hiding her own dreams, desires, sadness, talents in the process. Will she or won't she break free?
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