A pair of corporate spies who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses.
“Duplicity” is the latest, semi-romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. The good news is it’s beautifully filmed, and well-directed. The problem is there’s not a whole lot of chemistry between the leads. The story starts in Dubai with the leads working for intelligence agencies; Julia for the CIA, and Clive for the British Secret Service. We watch their paths entwine around in London, Miami, New York, and believe it or not, in Cleveland. We figure out half way through that they have the hots for each other, and really want to be together. This movie is probably too cute by half and certainly too long by at least a third. It runs over two hours. If it were a 90 minute, snappy movie, this might have been cute. What happens by the middle is you just don’t care anymore. A number of Broadway actors including Kathleen Chalfant and Denis O’Hare are both great, as is the supporting cast including the greats, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti as rival cosmetic company titans. The problem is not the plot. The problem is not even the direction. The problem is that somebody should have edited. And it would have helped to have a little bit of chemistry between the stars. So this is two stars.