Ben Younger (2005)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Uma Thurman stars as a 37-year-old divorcee who falls for fresh-faced newcomer Bryan Greenberg. However, the real chemistry here is between Thurman and Meryl Streep, her therapist, who is also Greenberg's mother ... While the lovebirds are unaware of this unholy triangle, Streep is pulled in all directions as she tries to reconcile her responsibility to her client with her desire for her son to marry a nice Jewish girl. This set-up could have ended as an irritating collection of skits, but instead writer/director Ben Younger aims to uncover deeper truths about relationships and serves up his conclusions with a wickedly deadpan humour. Unfortunately, Thurman and Greenberg aren't entirely convincing as a couple, so whenever Streep is offscreen, the story tends to drag. Yet, even with its imperfections, Prime is an entertaining piece of slightly heightened reality.


After falling for a fresh-faced man 14 years younger than her, a divorcee consults her therapist for reassurance and is encouraged to ignore the age difference and go ahead with the relationship. However, the psychologist lives to regret giving the advice once she realises the person in question is her own son. Romantic comedy, starring Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg and Jon Abrahams.

Cast & Crew

Rafi Gardet Uma Thurman
Lisa Metzger Meryl Streep
David Bloomberg Bryan Greenberg
Morris Jon Abrahams
Randall Zak Orth
Katherine Annie Parisse
Michelle Aubrey Dollar
Sam Jerry Adler
Director Ben Younger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Contains some swearing.Available on: DVD
Comedy Drama