The Truth About Charlie
An ace soundtrack with quite a nice movie attached, The Truth About Charlie seems less like a remake of Stanley Donen's Charade (1963) than director Jonathan Demme's smart-aleck Coen-brothers response to it. Paris has been multiculturalized here, as has Regina, the movie's recently widowed heroine, played in the original by Audrey Hepburn and now by Thandie Newton, who looks absolutely smashing in her undies and a shower cap, vigorously brushing her teeth. But Mark Wahlberg as a response to Charade's Cary Grant is a puzzler, unless the point is that Wahlberg isn't 25 years older than his co-star, as Hepburn's dirty-uncle romancers always were. Full of loving allusions to European cinema--Anna Karina, the only French actress not to appear in 8 Women, performs in a fabulously funny nightclub scene, and Newton goes on a Third Man-inspired ride on a ferris wheel--The Truth About Charlie takes forever to build momentum and the leads have little chemistry. But Paris looks great, and the movie ends gracefully. It's trashy fun, just like Charade.