A GOOD WOMAN

Helen Hunt is a horror and Scarlett Johansson seems too contemporary in Mike Barker's ill-conceived film version of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan. Hunt plays the notorious Mrs. Erlynne who arrives on the Amalfi Coast in the 1930s with a reputation for living off the incomes of married men. When it seems that she has set her sights on wealthy and handsome newlywed Robert Windermere (Mark Umbers) -- whose lovely young wife is played by Johansson -- tongues wag furiously. Wilde's writing is full of wit, irony and sophistication, but everything in this film falls flat. It's like a Merchant Ivory movie with the air let out of the tires.

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