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Review: 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Set in sun-burnished Spain, Woody Allen's latest offering celebrates as well as pokes fun at hot-blooded Latin stereotypes.

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Woody Allen pretty much makes a movie a year, whether he has any inspiration or not. While far from a masterpiece, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" is better than such recent films as "Cassandra's Dream" and "Scoop," and it has the advantage of being set in sun-burnished Spain – a new locale for the Woodman.

Best friends Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) are spending the summer in Barcelona, which Allen presents as a landscape of erotic desire. When a dashing painter, Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) approaches the ladies in a restaurant and proposes they fly with him to a provincial town for a weekend of wine and sightseeing and love, the level-headed Vicky, who is engaged to a stuffed shirt back in New York, demurs. But impulsive Cristina's eyes light up.


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