In "The Longest Week," veteran commercial director Peter Glanz channels the sensibility of
Jason Bateman stars as Conrad Valmont, an ambitionless hotel heir who has been reared by the housekeeping staff in a cushy suite. The sudden split between his parents leaves him cut off and displaced, but that's apparently not enough to slow down his merry-go-round of women, parties, therapy and drinking — or to diminish his sense of entitlement. Conrad crashes with self-made artist pal Dylan (Billy Crudup) and proceeds to lure away his romantic interest, fashion model Beatrice (Olivia Wilde).
For his first feature, Glanz borrows liberally from Anderson: from
Like so many filmmaking wunderkinds who could have used a course in common sense, Glanz is technically assured but emotionally hollow. His depiction of the insular obliviousness of the privileged aside, "The Longest Week" suggests that heartache makes for a better ingredient in humble pie than does financial ruin. The Joni Mitchell lyrics "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone" apply here strictly to love and not money.
"The Longest Week"
MPAA rating: PG-13 for sexual content and smoking.
Running time: 1 hour, 26 minutes.