Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine

DVD - 2014
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After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger's humble apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2014.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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DavidRome
Aug 30, 2017

A not very interesting film about not very interesting people. Sally Hawkins gives the Oscar deserving performance, not that Cate Blanchett isn't very good. Alec Baldwin always plays the same character, no matter what the movie. The writing sheds little light and no heat. The film itself, at least, is well crafted.

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TomatoMama
Jul 10, 2016

This was a terrific movie. Cate is a superb actress and her supporting cast is interesting, funny, and not in the way of the story. There are, of course, wonderful location shots of NYC and SF, with Woodie Allen at the director's helm. I was into this film from the opening to the closing credits. I rooted for Blue Jasmine's triumphant Hollywood ending. But, Woodie Allen doesn't do Hollywood movies. He does Woodie Allen movies. I wanted maybe 5 minutes more, but it is what it is. This is an entertaining film with an intelligent storyline, and a dark, funny and compelling performance from Blanchett. I'd watch her doing almost anything. She's one of those completely committed wonders of the screen of whom there are few these days. She's fragile and beautiful in this film. And, she's really the only reason this film was worth watching. I think I've figured out what the ending meant, but I'd only be guessing.

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pattigee12
May 03, 2016

I really enjoyed Cate's performance and the rest of the actors' performances. Enjoyed the whole movie, really. I know Jasmine was considered mentally ill but I disagree. I think she suffered from PTSD, anxiety disorders and, of course, mental confusion because of her abuse of alcohol and legal drugs. Perhaps her mental confusion could be called mental illness, but I simply see it as misdirected survival mechanisms by an intelligent person. I found I had compassion for Jasmine, couldn't fault her for her problems and hoped she found some peace. She had compassion for her stepson, saying he was "throwing his life away" after her husband's exposure as a crook. Jasmine seemed a good person to me underneath it all. I think most women could relate to some of how Jasmine saw the world. I loved this movie and will see it again.

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clarencedavis
Apr 19, 2016

This film is loaded with wonderful acting, with Cate Blanchett appearing stellar in her role. But the film felt incomplete, unfinished, lacking something in the end. It is certainly worth seeing though.

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LittleNoName
Mar 23, 2016

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At first I thought the charachter 'Jasmine' was overacted but realized this is how people with bi-polar are...highs are very high & lows are very low. Overall there was no plot to the movie, which Im not a fan of. But it takes a snapshot of life, which I can appreciate. Wouldn't highly recommend but it's something to watch once you've watched everytjing else.

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firefly5
Mar 08, 2016

Did not like.

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franzkafka
Jan 19, 2016

I went to the theatre to see it and knew right away that Cate Blanchette's performance was going to win awards. It was Woody Allen at his creative and directorial best. I've watched it a couple of times since.
Those giving it a low score simply haven't grown up with Woody Allen movies as I have. I guess that makes me old.
I urge that this film be watched. A bit depressing watching someone fall apart by, hey, that's real life in all it's glory.

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forgeman
Jan 18, 2016

I like a lot of Woody Allens' work and this was no exception. A sad story of a riches to rags woman whose whole world is spinning out of control. I found myself cheering for her though, try harder to be nice to other people I thought, and you'll be fine. but you know how Woody is.

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b33
Jan 16, 2016

SPOILER* This is my 1st Woody Allen film, and on a whim, I gave this film a chance to watch. The movie resonates and I can't help but feel empathy towards Cate Blanchett's character, Jasmine French, an emotionally unstable former socialite escaping NY to stay with her adopted sister in SF. Despite this physical extraction and attempts to escape, Jasmine cannot escape who she is as a person and this causes friction and tension in her encounters. The film's depressing once you realize the ending was not a happy one for her and the way it leaves off, it feels incomplete nor finished, and it's meant that way. A part of me wanted at least some sort of reassuring knowledge that she'll eventually be ok and the ending doesn't give you that, and that's what makes this such a memorable film. If you have read or better yet, seen A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, then you can draw parallels or at least the inspiration for the film. I recommend watching A Streetcar and then watching this, then you'd draw the same conclusion. Aside from the great performances and the 'typical character archetypes,' I find it a bit hard to be convinced of Cate Blanchett's portrayal of Jasmine French. Maybe Woody Allen deliberately meant for her character to be 'that' one dimensional. Or maybe Cate Blanchett in real life has this aura and enigma in the way she carries herself that it feels a bit of a stretch to see her portray an emotionally unraveled head in the clouds character with addiction issues and social aspirations of being ensconced in comfort and prestige. Another thing to consider is how 'convenient' the chance encounters occur as a simplified way to get the story lines going. Like the adopted sister's ex-husband running into Jasmine and her fiance outside a jewelry store to pick out engagement rings in SF, and him spouting off about hard times and illuminating unsavoury parts of Jasmine's past that she deliberately lied and shielded from her fiance. Or that her former stepson happens to be residing in Oakland, a district right over from SF, at the same time when they both fled their interconnected pasts in NY. Jasmine does have some witty biting lines such as the “Edison's medicine” reference to her electroshock therapy while in the mental hospital and so forth. A poignant scene where her sister ended up celebrating a reunion with her down and out lower-class boyfriend just screams a A Streetcar. In general, the movie and the storyline could have been more substantial, but I still would highly recommend this move is worth watching, however, controversial Woody Allen is, that's another story altogether.

M_ALCOTT Aug 05, 2015

I read somewhere that Blue Jasmine is loosely based on Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. I definitely got that Streetcar vibe from watching the movie. Although nobody takes to the streets screaming Stella. But Cate Blanchett's character, Jasmine, does pay homage to that iconic Marlon Brando scene, when she tells Ginger's sons: "Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown. There's only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming."

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jimg2000
Aug 13, 2014

Ending song "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" lyrics:
A good man is hard to find,
You always get the other kind
Just when you think that he's your pal,
You look for him and find
Him fooling around some other gal
Then you rave,
You even pray,
To see him laying in his grave
So if your man is nice,
You better take my advice
Hug him in the morning,
Kiss him every night,
Give him plenty loving,
Treat him right
Cause a good man now day's is hard to find

So if your man is nice,
You better take my advice
And hug him in the morning,
Kiss him every night,
Give him plenty loving,
And treat him right
For a good man now day's is hard to find

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jimg2000
Aug 13, 2014

Jasmine: Believe me when I tell you. They tried six medications on me. Cocktails, they call them. The only cocktail that helped was a Stoli martini.

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Apr 24, 2014

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