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The Herald Magazine - - CINEMA ARTS - WON­DER WHEEL (CERT 12) £19.99

Writer-di­rec­tor Woody Allen con­tin­ues to ex­plore ro­mance across the age di­vide in a bit­ter­sweet drama set in 1950s New York. Humpty Ran­nell (Jim Belushi) lives on Coney Is­land at the heart of the amuse­ment park with his se­cond wife Ginny (Kate Winslet) and her 10-year-old son Richie (Jack Gore) from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage, who has an alarm­ing pen­chant for set­ting things on fire. The fam­ily are badly frac­tured and Ginny is des­per­ate for some pas­sion to rein­vig­o­rate her stag­nant mar­riage. That spark comes in the form of hand­some Coney Is­land life­guard and as­pir­ing play­wright Mickey Ru­bin (Justin Tim­ber­lake), who seems equally en­am­oured with the un­happy wife ... un­til Humpty’s spoilt daugh­ter Carolina (Juno Tem­ple), from his pre­vi­ous mar­riage, turns up unan­nounced. She catches Mickey’s eye and the two women com­pete for the life­guard’s fickle af­fec­tions. Their bat­tle of wits and fem­i­nine wiles threat­ens to de­stroy the Ran­nell house­hold and ev­ery­one in it.

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