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Duplicity

Duplicity

Date: Jul 01 2009

Themes: Romance

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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A good date movie is hard to find. You want something that’s romantic but not too sappy, with enough action to keep everyone interested but not too much blood. And it should be deep enough to give you something to talk about over dinner, but not so heavy that you leave the theater feeling depressed.

The new film Duplicity might be a good option. Part romantic comedy, part spy thriller, it’s a movie that has something for everyone. Now you just need to pick a restaurant…

Listen to Devan and Marni try to categorize Duplicity.

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Devan

Devan

Marni

Marni

Devan:  What ever happened to Julia Roberts? I haven’t seen her in a movie in forever.

Marni:  Oh, she’s in that new film Duplicity with Clive Owen.

Devan:  Oh really? She has a new movie coming out?

Marni:  Yeah, she’s got a new movie coming out, it’s she and Clive Owen and they play these two…basically they’re like the head of the security of these two firms. So the whole point is like she and Clive Owen are competing for this patent that these dueling companies are both trying to get their hands on first. And they both have like top level clearance to protect this patent. But they’re actually in love with each other so there are all these complicated…like, it’s a relationship movie, sort of like a spy movie, there’s sort of a lot…

Devan:  So is it a romantic comedy or more of an action film?

Marni:  I would say I think it’s trying to embody both genres.

Devan:  So they’re like lovers but they keep double-crossing each other?

Marni:  You can tell that they don’t trust each other at all. So there’s definitely that element of double-crossing.

Devan:  Oh, interesting.

Marni:  It’s white collar crime basically. So, you know, that’s always good makings for a romantic comedy.

Devan:  Well, it’ll be good to see her in a movie again, ‘cause it’s been so long.

 

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It’s been a long time since Devan last saw Julia Roberts in a movie. So she’s happy to learn from Marni that Roberts is in the new movie Duplicity with Clive Owen. The film is about a couple who work for rival companies. The companies are both trying to get their hands on the same product that’s worth millions of dollars.

Duplicity combines two genres, romantic comedy and spy thriller. Julia Roberts often stars in romantic comedies, and Clive Owen is known as an action star. So this movie combines both their talents.

Even though Julia Roberts’ and Clive Owen’s characters are in love, they have to scheme against each other for their companies. Do you think that love should come before work? Or is work more important than romance?

 

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boddi

China

I love this kind of movie,It is probably funny, sappy and a little exciting。There have belle and cute guy in the movie.

 In my opinion, A lot of American married couples are double-cross each other,I don't know why.maybe they didn't know each other well befor they married,but the aftermath would not be pretty good. they probably divorced not long ago.

12:52 AM Jul 02 2009 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

so thats a controversial issue, it depends of the moment i think. Now i would say love comes first but maybe tomorrow i would fell sorry about some wrong decision, like quit the job or something like that. I believe that i manage to balance that, in their cases i think one of them needs to give up this situation, or both, i think if they really love each other and think their love worth it.

12:38 AM Jul 02 2009 |

goodpal2

goodpal2

El Salvador

i love this lesson but most important i like the vocabulary englishbaby always teaches us in the lessons. It is a shame that we no access to the super tollbar so we could learn so much more…..

10:30 PM Jul 01 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

hey , kojak_jh dont show us miseries XD

03:33 PM Jul 01 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

THE LOVE MAKE THAT ONE SOUL GO OUT FROM ITS PRIVATE PLACE !!!!!!!

03:19 PM Jul 01 2009 |

Adior

Senegal

I think that love can comes from anywhere at any time.if we had power on it it would nt hurt that much .anyway love is beyon raison.we should take it as it comes when it cames .so if you can manage it with you job … not bad

01:54 PM Jul 01 2009 |

L_a_d_a

L_a_d_a

Ukraine

I think that love and work must be separated. Because when you are at work you are one person and in relationships you are the other. Of course there are many cases of good command work of people who love each other but this is not for me

01:30 PM Jul 01 2009 |

mandy3548

China

In my opinion.romance is temporary.Being on duty is forever.So,I have been wondering if there is perfect marriage in the world?It has been a interesting topic for people around the world to talk about it and image it.SmileMaybe it is in heaven.

11:31 AM Jul 01 2009 |

rachu77

rachu77

India

I would say love comes first before work, but at the same time work is equally important. Without work one cannot survive and even without money love would have been fading away. So to nurture your love one has to work and sometimes it happens that we have to choose work over love to keep pace with time and situations. And the other thing depends on situation there are many situations one get to face where love will be 1st priority in life. Work is more important than romance two things not go hand in hand. So one should be more focused on work at the time of work other things comes next. World is experiencing recession so it is more a time of work than romance.

10:03 AM Jul 01 2009 |

Zambuka

Zambuka

United States

there are a lot of movie with scenario which is similar to this one… but only emotions can differentiate one of another… and hope this film will be a good one 

09:52 AM Jul 01 2009 |

salman lhr

salman lhr

France

hey i am Salman i want to learn english

08:45 AM Jul 01 2009 |

Hania7

Poland

I think that love is the most important thing in the world and before work you should always think about people you love and I don't think only about men but about family your children parents or even friends.

08:28 AM Jul 01 2009 |

Zambuka

Zambuka

United States

good addition to our word stock)

08:08 AM Jul 01 2009 |

sofree

sofree

China

It's hard to say love should come before work or not. It's all about feelings, you feel someone worth it, someone don't.  You should know how to balance work and romance, ask yourself, which one is more important to you.

 

Indeed I haven't seen Jolia Roberts forever,  I might look for the movie later.

07:15 AM Jul 01 2009 |

Miss·Daisy

Miss·Daisy

China

like Jolia Roberts and look forward this movie`

06:53 AM Jul 01 2009 |

tony.yy

tony.yy

China

It is hard to say which one between love and romance is important in our lifes.I think we can hold the belief of treasuring everyghing happened around you which can influence you or other people.

06:19 AM Jul 01 2009 |

zhzloverzy

zhzloverzy

China

in my view both of them was important in our life which will become boring if we had lost one of them ,so we should vauled our things no matter love or work or romance!!!

05:38 AM Jul 01 2009 |

bambie29

bambie29

Philippines

I haven't watched the movie yet, but I think it's gonna be good since Julia is in it.. Looking forward to see her in her come back movie…

03:41 AM Jul 01 2009 |

boriszl

boriszl

China

I think the work and love is not incompatible,we can handle the relationship well between work and love,it is not true love if make trade with it,and there is endless of earning but limited time to stay with your lover. 

02:24 AM Jul 01 2009 |

noguti

noguti

Brazil

This is a difficult question to answer. The common sense says that our feelings are above all, however, of course under pressure we need to leave this feeling aside, unfortunately.

12:59 AM Jul 01 2009 |

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