I always feel like I have to say "thank you" to the producers who give us quality films like this, knowing that various aspects of that quality will preclude commercial success. (But why the title "Prime," and why the sloppy graphics on the DVD case?)
This is a movie that shows us two wonderful women from different cultures, and how they relate to each other. Uma Thurman is magnificent. The humanity (creativity, life, humor, passion, femininity,...) seem to shine out of her in every scene. What an attractive PERSON. Admittedly, I would be entertained watching her solve a rubix cube for an hour and a half, let alone star in a fun plot. She is a joy to watch.
I laughed out loud at Meryl Streep's facial contortions as she learns more and more intimate details about her son, and as she and her husband hide in the furniture store! She's won more awards for drama, but I think she's very, very funny. I hope she does more comedy.
The young male lead didn't have half the range of expression of either woman, but perhaps he was cast because of this, as a realistic young man, with at times great maturity (dating scenes, scene in elevator), and great immaturity (most of the rest of the time).
The ending was difficult because like most "ugly americans," I want things all buttoned up at the end. I empathized with Rafi and felt sorry for her. But it was courageous to play it differently.
Debate the details, everyone, but I'll always give five stars to quality.