Blue Jasmine (2013)

A review - by Shlomoh Sherman
August 18, 2013

Blue Jasmine (2013)
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K, Andrew Dice Clay
Plot Keywords: xanax - plant in title - investment fraud - Ssan Francisco, California - sister sister relationship
Also Known As: Kurb Jasmine
Tagline: Are you a patriot or a vampire?
Genres: Drama
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, language and sexual content
Parents Guide: content advisory
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: August 1, 2013 (USA)
Filming Locations: Filming Locations: New York City, San Francisco
Box Office: Opening Weekend: $612,064 (USA) (July 26, 2013) Gross: $6,041,246 (USA) (August 9, 2013) Company Credits
Production Co: Perdido Productions
Runtime: 98 minutes
Soundtracks: The Vision, Composed & Performed by DJ Aljaro, Courtesy of Manhattan Production Music
Quotes: From the review of the irrepressible Don Rickles: "I haven't seen a comedian give such a great dramatic performance since yours truly in Kelly's Heroes. Dice will receive best supporting actor nomination"
Plot Summary: A life crisis causes a socialite to head to San Francisco, where she reconnects with her sister.


I've been writing movie reviews here on my website for about 20 years and I can hardly believe that this is the first Woody Allen film I have reviewed.

One reviewer wrote, and I concur, "If you want to see this year's master class in screen acting, you need to watch Cate Blanchett's mesmerizing performance as Jasmine French, a delusional Park Avenue socialite wife in Woody Allen's 45th directorial effort, a sly, bi-coastal update of Tennessee Williams' classic, A Streetcar Named Desire".

The movie opens with Jasmine's flight to San Francisco. We see her rapidly talking to a woman seated next to her, completely oblivious of the woman's discomfort. Jasmine
has moved from New York to live with her sister in San Fransico. Jasmine's husband, possibly modeled after Bernard Madoff, has been sent to prison for stock fraud and
has hanged himself in his cell. After having lived a high society life in her marriage, Jasmine is now reduced to poverty and must rely on the generosity of her sister,
Ginger. Early in the film, it is obvious that Jasmine has become unhinged by the destruction of her marriage and her reduced social and economic status, and that she
hardly has the inner resources to deal with the situation adequately. To add more tragedy to the situation, Jasmine is moving in with a sister whose ex-husband was cheated out of all his money by Jasmine's own felonious husband.

Jasmine's beauty only adds to her descent into madness as every man she meets tries to seduce or rape her. She is also disliked by her sister's current boyfriend. Eventually she encounters a diplomat whom she meets at a party and who falls in love with her. She seems to be on the brink of being saved by this man but this chance
of a new bright future is ultimately destroyed by the very ex-brother-in-law whom her husband ruined financially.

I've known actors who have thrown themselves deeply into a role and that commitment to a role takes an emotional toll on them. Watching the wonderfull Cate Blanchettplaying the role of this distraught woman moved me very deeply.

It was also great watching my favorite comics, Andrew Dice Clay and Louis C.K, in dramatic roles, as well as seeing Bobby Cannavale whom I know from BOARDWALK EMPIRE.

Woody Allen does it again. His neurosis produces a masterpiece.

Cast overview, first billed only:

Cate Blanchett ... Jasmine
Joy Carlin       ... Woman on Plane
Richard Conti ... Woman's Husband
Glen Caspillo ... Cab Driver
Alec Baldwin ... Hal
Charlie Tahan ... Young Danny
Annie McNamara ... Jasmine's Friend Nora
Sally Hawkins ... Ginger
Daniel Jenks ... Matthew
Max Rutherford ... Johnny
Andrew Dice Clay ... Augie
Tammy Blanchard ... Jasmine's Friend Jane
Kathy Tong       ... Raylene
Ted Neustadt ... Hal and Jasmine's Friend
Andrew Long       ... Hal and Jasmine's Friend

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