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Summary: Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer in the US Navy. Over the next few months, both their lives are irrevocably altered by the events which follow Fred's arrival, events which are the trivial stuff of a comedy of manners at first but which gradually grow increasingly dramatic.
Metropolitan was good but Barcelona was great. The relationships between characters felt a lot more meaningful. Whit Stillman has a knack for writing intelligent yet accessible dialogue. Chris Eigeman is also a highly underrated actor. Great for anyone seeking a intelligent yet light film.
Now this is my idea of a popcorn movie. Spry and funny dialogue-driven comedy that engages some interesting sociopolitical commentary, but which never distracts or aims to serve as the focal point of the story.
Stillman followed up the success of METROPOLITAN with this romantic comedy set in, as you would assume, Barcelona. Again, his sense of pacing is a bit trying, but he shows much improvement as a director here, aided by John Thomas' lovely cinematography. And his script is no slouch, as naval officer Fred (Chris Eigeman, wonderful) bemoans America's poor standing in Spain, while his cousin Ted (Taylor Nichols, solid) grapples with love and Fred. Points also for a very dark twist (which pays off).