Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008, USA/SPA) C-96m. ** D: Woody Allen. Starring Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Kevin Dunn. Light-weight, flaky comedy drama about two young American women, who spend a summer in Barcelona. They are both infatuated with painter Bardem, who just broke up with Cruz, a very passionate, jealous artist herself. A love triangle with interesting complications is the result. Good storytelling involves you with just the right amount of erotic innuendo, though film's ending is rather unsatisfactory and undermines the entire movie. Otherwise, this is writer-director Allen in fine form.

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