Not exactly a Wilde child, here. Scarlett Johansson, whose toned-down performances are smitten with hidden sexuality, tries to play it low-key in this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's originally titled Lady Windermere's Fan. For the most part, she succeeds, but coming off her bravura role in Match Point, this is just simply too subdued for her.
(Plus, this thing's been on the shelf for two years). It's the 1930s, and Johansson is happily married to Mark Umbers in Italy's Amalfi coast, when Helen Hunt (remember her?) arrives in town with a somewhat soiled reputation. It seems she might be making a play for Scarlett's hubby, and everyone knows it except Scarlett. As period dramas go, this Woman is accessible, but not nearly as delightful as the recent Pride & Prejudice. And with her whiny voice still better suited for television, Hunt hasn't proved she can win audiences over on the big screen. We're not mad about this one.
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