Just Like a Woman has all the necessary components of a masterful melodrama: arranged marriage, accidental manslaughter, infidelity, inexplicable bigotry, physical cruelty, deceit…and belly dancing. More specifically, Sienna Miller belly-dances while wearing a black wig that makes her look like Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. But rather than these elements cohering into a heartstring-tugging narrative, Rachid Bouchareb’s film has neither camp appeal nor emotional depth. The drama follows Marilyn (Miller), an unhappy working-class Chicago woman who’s lost her crummy receptionist job and has just seen her husband in bed with another woman, and Mona (Golshifteh Farahani), an equally unhappy North African immigrant with a tyrannical mother-in-law and a spineless husband. Marilyn and Mona wind up fleeing Chicago, Thelma and Louise-style, to Santa Fe, where Marilyn intends to audition for a belly-dancing troupe. For gas money, they don bejeweled bras and fringed skirts, gyrating at restaurants and nightclubs along the way. Though the desert vistas are gorgeously shot, the lazy screenplay and vacant performances make this a road movie that fails to transport its viewers anywhere.
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- Release Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
- MPAA Rating: R
- Critic's Score: C-
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