Blue Jasmine

  • 12
  • Woody Allen (2013)
  • US
  • 94 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Woody Allen's strongest drama in years is an updated homage to A Streetcar Named Desire, with Cate Blanchett giving a powerful central performance as a Blanche DuBois-type to Sally Hawkins's Stella. Blanchett plays Jasmine, a penniless New York socialite forced to live with her estranged sister Ginger (Hawkins) in a low-rent area of San Francisco. Jasmine's vodka-and tranquiliser-fuelled reveries flash back to her life of married privilege with financial expert Hal (Alec Baldwin) before dealing with her current life of struggle. Bobby Cannavale and comedians Andrew Dice Clay and Louis CK play the men in Ginger's life, as Jasmine strives for one more chance at happiness with a preppy diplomat (Peter Sarsgaard). With laughs derived from depression, death and denial, this is Allen at his tartest, tightest and most observant. Sensational.

Plot Summary

A selfish New York socialite's privileged life comes to an abrupt end when she discovers her husband has had a string of lovers. She moves in with her less well-off sister to try and get her life in order, but is soon meddling in her sibling's love life and plotting a desperate attempt to recapture her lost past. Woody Allen's drama, starring Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Alec Baldwin.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jasmine
Cate Blanchett
Hal
Alec Baldwin
Al
Louis CK
Chili
Bobby Cannavale
Augie
Andrew Dice Clay
Ginger
Sally Hawkins
Dwight
Peter Sarsgaard
Dr Flicker
Michael Stuhlbarg
Danny
Alden Ehrenreich
Eddie
Max Casella

Crew

Director
Woody Allen

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Sep 2013
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama