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Stop Mom Theresa!

Bridget Jones goes to Budapest in the self-absorbed romantic comedy "Stop Mom Theresa!" Adapted from a local bestseller, this was the top Magyar earner over the recent holidays. It won't travel far, and doesn't really need to, with healthy returns assured on screens large and small in Central Europe.

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With: Gabriella Hamori, Eszter Onodi, Judit Schell, Melinda Major, Zsolt Laszlo, Ervin Nagy, Sandor Csanyi, Ferenc Hujber.

Bridget Jones goes to Budapest in the self-absorbed romantic comedy “Stop Mom Theresa!” Adapted from a local bestseller, this was the top Magyar earner over the recent holidays. It won’t travel far, and doesn’t really need to, with healthy returns assured on screens large and small in Central Europe.

Deciding to cease doing good for others to focus on herself, quirky career girl Kata (Gabriella Hamori) moves from a stuffy, parent-approved b.f. to a series of proto-relationships including metrosexual former flame Fonyo (Ferenc Hujber), Israeli student David (Sandor Csanyi, from “Kontroll”) and hard-charging businessman Tamas (Zsolt Laszlo). Her quest for Mr. Right ends in the arms of the guy with whom she probably belonged all along. Subplots involving former junkie brother Miki (Zsolt Nagy) and a clutch of gal pals add texture but little insight. Recalling the two Audreys, Tatou and Hepburn, but with little of the former’s ingratiating wistfulness and none of the latter’s regal bearing, Hamori is undeniably cute — and, to put it diplomatically, her Kata’s somewhat of a tease. Tech package is mid-range slick, marred by a manipulative score.

Stop Mom Theresa!

Hungary

Production: An SPL Intl. release of a Unio Film, RTL Klub production. (International sales: Magyar Filmunio, Budapest.) Produced by Istvan Bodzsar. Directed by Peter Bergendy. Screenplay, Bela Rigo, from the novel by Zsuzsa Racz.

Crew: Camera (color), Gyula Pados; editor, Istvan Kiraly; production designer, Balazs Hujber; costume designer, Janos Breckl. Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week, Budapest, Feb. 4, 2005. Running time: 127 MIN.

With: With: Gabriella Hamori, Eszter Onodi, Judit Schell, Melinda Major, Zsolt Laszlo, Ervin Nagy, Sandor Csanyi, Ferenc Hujber.

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