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Fourplay (2001)

Londinium (original title)
Set in London, the film follows the intertwining relationships of two couples, who spend much of their time together, both when working and in private.

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Mike Binder

Writer:

Mike Binder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Binder ... Ben Greene
Colin Firth ... Allen Portland
Mariel Hemingway ... Carly Matthews Portland
Irène Jacob ... Fiona Delgrazia
Stephen Fry ... Nigel Steele (Therapist)
Jack Dee ... Glen
Stephen Marcus ... Davey
Christopher Lawford ... Davis
Michael Meader Michael Meader ... Sitcom Husband
David Reid David Reid ... Assistant Director
Fabien Riggall Fabien Riggall ... Sitcom Son
Gordon Sterne Gordon Sterne ... Color of My Life Actor
Kerry Appleyard Kerry Appleyard ... Ben's Assistant
Tony Allen Tony Allen ... Rabbi
Michael Deaton Michael Deaton ... Minister
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Storyline

Allen, the British producer of a successful TV show, is married to beautiful Carly, the star of his show. Ben is a young American, hired to write the script for their show, falls in love and marries sexy French girl Fiona, a make up artist for the show. They all live in London and spend much of their time - both at work and in private - together and it isn't long before they each have an affair with the partner of the other.

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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USA | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fourplay See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Irène Jacob and Colin Firth have previously appeared together in My Life So Far (1999) where Jacob also played a French woman. In both films Firth's character cheats on his wife with Jacob's character. See more »

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Referenced in Creating 'The Upside of Anger' (2005) See more »

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Gorgeous London settings, fitfully amusing Woody Allen imitation
3 September 2001 | by EThompsonUMDSee all my reviews

Michael Binder the writer, director, and star of `Londinium' is clearly a Woody Allen wannabe. In my view that's not necessarily a bad thing. Unfortunately, this film is so derivative of Allen that one has to wonder why he isn't given due recognition in the credits. Contemporary London is here substituted for Allen's New York of the '70s and '80s. As in several of Allen's films of that period, the cityscape in `Londinium' dominates the film's cinematography, creating an urban tone poem of sorts as well as a sophisticated backdrop for the cross purpose comedy of courtship, sex, and marriage that constitutes the screenplay.

`Londinium' even brings back Mariel Hemingway, Woody's high school-aged love-interest in `Manhattan,' for a mid-life redaction of her earlier role. Binder himself seems to be auditioning for a part as `younger Woody' in a future Allen film. His character is a nearly complete borrowing of Woody's classic nebbish/lover/writer persona with a little Paul Reiser verbal inflection mixed in. The other two characters in the film's sexual foursome are played by the always-lovely-to-look at Irene Jacob, who provides the film's voiceover narrative for reasons that are never made clear, and Colin Firth (`Bridget Jones' Diary,' `Shakespeare in Love'), who once again offers up his unique (read: peculiar and off-putting) thuggish/romantic screen presence, taking it so far this time as to beating his friends and associates to a pulp whenever the impulse strikes. Actually, the fight impulse even overtakes the unlikely Ben Greene (the Binder character), producing an upper middle-class `Fight Club' scene that is supposed to be cathartic and funny, but just seems flat and dumb.

In addition to the leads, Stephen Fry (`Black Adder') has a very funny minor role as a proper British labor relations counselor who is pressed into unwilling service as a marriage/sex therapist. His scandalized reactions to some rather lurid confessions/accusations bandied by Jacob and Firth are the comic high point of an occasionally amusing, but mainly pretty dull and forgettable film.


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