Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan, now updated to the 1930s and moved to Italy and rife with Americans, is classic soap opera: In Manhattan, a woman named Mrs. Erlynne (Helen Hunt) has slept with so many married men that she's apparently run out of warm bodies and warm wallets. Chased out of the city by whispers, she spies in an issue of Town & Country the photo of a young married couple named Meg and Robert Windermere (Scarlett Johansson and Mark Umbers), who are living in the splendor of Amalfi; surely, she figures, the Wall Street banker has plenty of money to spend on such a rare thing as she. And, sure enough, within but a few minutes of screen time, Mrs. Erlynne is having hush-hush encounters with Robert. But the movie is a polite bore, and the fault lies with the clunky screenplay and the acting, of which there is very little. Hunt, in particular, offers the temptations of a dowdy schoolmarm unleashed on the rec room of an old folks' home.
Director: Mike Barker
Writer: Howard Himelstein and Oscar Wilde
Producer: Howard Himelstein, Alan Greenspan, Jonathan English, Mark Albela and Steven Siebert
Cast: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Mark Umbers, Milena Vukotic, Diana Hardcastle, Roger Hammond, Jane How and Giorgia Massetti