Prime is a comedy about sex and little else. Fresh from a splintered nine-year marriage, 37-year-old Rafi (Uma Thurman) confides in her therapist, Lisa Metzger (Meryl Streep), about her new 23-year-old lover, David (Bryan Greenberg), who turns out to be Lisa’s son. David is living with his grandparents until he can support himself with his paintings. Without saying anything to Rafi or her son, Lisa hears more than she ever wanted to about David’s sex life. David has no intention of introducing Rafi to his parents and grandparents, knowing she would never be accepted by his traditional Jewish family. Eventually Lisa can’t bear to hear any more sordid details from Rafi and tells her that she is David’s mother. The interaction of sophisticated Rafi with David’s sophomoric pals and his attempt to fit in with her wealthy, worldly friends creates some laughs but is mostly uncomfortable and unbelievable for viewers.
While the discussion of culture and how differing religious priorities can play a major role in the success or demise of a relationship made this movie somewhat interesting, overall I found the film to be discouraging and unworthy of such great film actors as Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman. The film seemed to drag on and though initially excited about its comic potential, I realize in retrospect that the only three funny parts were used in the trailer. For a film wherein one of the main plotlines suggests a family’s strong desire to maintain their history and culture by preventing their children from inter-religious dating, the language proved to be especially harsh with “GD” and “JC” used as haphazard expletives.
Editors Note: Was originally rated R by the MPAA but re-rated PG-13 on appeal.