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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is a 2010 comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It features Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Lucy Punch, Antonio Banderas, Anna Friel, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, and Freida Pinto.

Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones) divorce. Helena begins seeing a fortune teller named Cristal (Pauline Collins) for spiritual advice. Their daughter Sally (Watts) has a troubled marriage with author Roy (Brolin), who once wrote a successful book, and is now anxiously waiting for response from his publisher about the manuscript of his newest one. Helena helps pay their rent.

Alfie marries a prostitute, Charmaine (Punch). Roy falls for Dia (Pinto), a musicologist he sees through a window near his and Sally's flat, who is engaged to another man. Sally considers having an affair with Greg (Banderas), her new boss at an art gallery who she confesses she has feelings for. However, Greg confesses he is having trouble at home and eventually it turns out he is having an affair with Iris (Friel), Sally's protégée. Helena begins a friendship with Jonathan (Ashton-Griffiths), the keeper of an occult bookshop, which develops into romance. All of this sets up everyone for a rude awakening.


This film features examples of:

  • Cheaters Never Prosper: After Roy's book is rejected, he hears that a friend, who is also a writer, has died in an accident, and of whom only Roy knows that he had just finished a manuscript that he had not shown to anyone else yet. Roy steals it and claims it is his work, and it is well received. Then Roy is informed that there was a mix-up of the people killed in the accident and that the friend whose manuscript he stole is actually in coma and recovering…
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The film's title parodies how a stock phrase of fortune tellers is prophesizing that her female customer will meet a tall, dark and handsome stranger.


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