Midnight in Paris

Writer-director Woody Allen's valentine to the City of Lights - an extended travelogue filled with sumptuous scenery and pretty people - asks the question: Would you be happier living a different life in a long-ago, mythically remembered past? A frustrated Hollywood screenwriter and would-be novelist (Owen Wilson) gets to find out during a visit to the French capital, escaping his indifferent fiancee (Rachel McAdams) and her obnoxious parents (Mimi Kennedy and Kurt Fuller), with whom he's unhappily traveling, and gaining mysterious entree to a fantasy world of 1920s Paris. There he mixes with his literary idols, including Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), while falling for Pablo Picasso's mistress (Marion Cotillard). Eventually, the past offers a new perspective on the present, and he seeks a way back to the future, on his own terms.

Watch out for: At least three uses of profanity, some sexual and drug-use references, frequent alcohol consumption.

Rated: A-III; MPAA: PG-13

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