Anne (Diane Lane) is travelling with her busy husband Michael (Alec Baldwin) who works with motion picture films. Due to an urgent situation, Michael is called to fly to Paris to assist with a film production that is having issues. The only catch is Anne is suffering from blocked ears and is unable to take the same flight as husband. Luckily for Anne, her husband’s associate (Arnaud Viard) offers to drive Anne personally, which also allows her to not only catch up with her husband in Paris, but perhaps do some sightseeing along the way. What should have been a 7-hour drive for Anne soon becomes a two-day trip, which may end up awakening Anne’s senses and possibly reignite her passion for life itself.
A word of warning for those interested in seeing “Paris Can Wait”. For fans who love the funny man actor Alec Baldwin, you’re in for a shock. Considering the actor is 3rd billing on the film’s poster, I was somewhat surprised to find his actual screen-time in this film was approx less than 10 mins! The film has a heavy focus on Diane Lane & Arnaud Viard characters.
Paris Can Wait is a very basic film containing a mixture of kind-hearted romance and comedy. The film is all about Anne’s desire to go straight to Paris. Still, the clever script and story allows us to journey with Anne as she learns to simply enjoy some sightseeing, experience new foods (and wine) and even be treated to a lovely picnic. Anne also takes photos of well-known sites which is a hidden hobby of hers. I enjoyed the wrestle that we see in Anne as she is focused on going to Paris but deep down is enjoying the time out, living life a little. As Arnaud Viard explains to her whenever she vents that she should be driving to Paris, he replies “Paris Can Wait”.
Overall, if you enjoy an easy-paced film with light-hearted comedy and romance, this will be an enjoyable film for you. The film is also very clean with its dialogue thanks to a PG rating. I found the film’s dialogue enjoyable and well written even if the film may not carry a demanded repeat viewing. Diane Lane gives once again a kind and pleasant performance on screen as we share Anne’s road trip and her discovering passion for life once again.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden