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An Unlikely Pair in an Unlikely Genre

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 18, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 18, 2009 |

It’s probably because my first and fondest cinematic experience with Natalia Portman was Beautiful Girls, but I have a difficult time thinking of her as an older man’s love interest, unless she were to star in another remake of Lolita. Closer, in fact, creeped the ever-living shit out of me; I really wanted the girl to put on some clothes and get away from the skeevy old man, and it’s not easy to think of Clive Owen as skeevy.

Anyway, the perpetually pubescent Portman (alliteration!) has signed on to a romantic comedy with, perhaps, the most agonizingly, tediously long name in the annals of cinematic history: Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry (thank you, copy/paste function). She will be starring opposite Brad Pitt, an awkward romantic pairing to say the least.

However, the script does call for the age differential. It’s about a four-year relationship between a man in his 40s and a woman in her late 20s. The movie, based on a just published book of the same name (which was brought to Pitt’s production company by Portman), tracks their relationship based on 325 photos and artifacts put up for auction at Sothebys.

I don’t really buy Brad Pitt as a romantic-comedy star, but that’s because I like Brad Pitt and romantic comedies are beneath him. Perhaps, with him and Portman together, romantic comedy can raise to their level, and they won’t have to stoop so climb under the genre bar.

And really: How do you picture Brad Pitt with this girl?

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