The Truth About Charlie -
Rating: 5/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Christine Boisson, Tim Robbins

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Written by: Peter Stone (Charade script), Jonathan Demme

Length: 104 minutes

Rated: PG-13 for some violence and sexual content/nudity

Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton

Synopsis: Remake of 1963 classic thriller "Charade" starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

Review: I’m not sure whose brilliant idea it was to remake the 1963 Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn film Charade, but obviously something went wrong. They either strayed too far from the original film, or not far enough. While some scenes in Charlie were taken word for word from the original film, they managed to lose all of the charm of Charade. Charade wasn’t exactly the best movie in the world, but the talent and charm Grant and Hepburn brought with them made it work. I think the one of the problems here is that there can be no replacements for Hepburn and Grant, no matter how hard Thandie Newton and Mark Wahlberg tried to mimic their performances. Beyond the miscasting and the confused plot, Jonathan Demme’s attempt to capture the bizarre camera work and film angles in Charade were really annoying. This movie was just trying too hard. And I ask again, why did they want to remake a mediocre movie in the first place?

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