Woody Allen’s bittersweet period comedy Café Society finds Jessie Eisenberg’s callow New Yorker Bobby travelling to 1930s Los Angeles, hoping to blag a job with his Hollywood agent uncle (Steve Carell) but encountering heartache after he falls in love with his uncle’s secretary and secret mistress, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). Café Society is very much minor key Allen, but Eisenberg’s neurotic hero proves a good stand in for the director and the swanky set design is ravishing. But the best thing about the movie is Stewart, who provides touches of real feeling to Allen’s contrived plot.
Certificate 12. Runtime 92 mins. Director Woody Allen
Café Society is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download courtesy of Warner Bors. Home Entertainment.