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Annie (Rose Byrne) is frustrated: her boyfriend Duncan (Chris O`Dowd) doesn't give her much attention anymore. The days of animated conversations and unbridled passion are long gone. Now Duncan devotes himself only to his true love: the American rock musician Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), who has disappeared without a trace since his last gig in 1993. Duncan shares his love for the musician on a fansite where he also praises the demo tapes of the album "Juliet". Annie, on the other hand, who is annoyed, posts her very own criticism of the demo recordings, which in its relentless honesty attracts the attention of none other than Tucker Crowe herself. A friendship develops between Tucker and Annie, which releases feelings in her that she had long forgotten. Then one day she receives the message that could completely turn her life upside down: Tucker comes to England and wants to meet Annie…
"Juliet, Naked" is based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby, who already in "Fever Pitch" showed in an amusing way how destructive a fan's obsessive passion for a relationship can be. Director Jesse Perez has made the story very charming. With good actors, a lot of wordplay (which gets lost in the German dubbing, though) and some very nice moments, the comedy doesn't cause a lot of laughter, but a good mood throughout. It might be that there is a lack of real depth and that some scenes seem a little bit overdrawn. But when you end up leaving the cinema with a smile on your face, these little weaknesses are quickly forgotten.
The show can benefit large indefinite quantity from the advantage chemistry between Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke. Hawke is himself a big fan of Nick Hornby and would have liked to have played in "About a Boy". Now he still got the chance to take on a leading role in a Hornby adaptation. And he does that with a lot of humor and charm, so that the viewer can understand why Annie falls in love with him. Chris O`Dowd has a rather ungrateful role, but he masters it wonderfully. He manages to make Duncan somehow likeable despite his mistakes and his not very nice behavior.
"Juliet, Naked" is certainly not a masterpiece, but a film to which the predicate "nice" applies perfectly. This may always sound a bit negative, but it is meant to be extremely positive here. The movie offers nice entertainment, an entertaining escape from reality and a love story that very pleasantly avoids excessive kitsch. And for the comforting good mood feeling that remains at the end, there is a completely deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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