Regina Lambert meets the charming Joshua Peters while vacationing in Martinique, as she contemplates ending her whirlwind marriage to the enigmatic Charlie. But upon her return to Paris, she finds that both her apartment and her bank account have been emptied and that her husband has been murdered. A trio of his old cohorts has begun shadowing her in hopes of answering their own questions about Charlie, and recovering a bundle of missing cash. Joshua is in Paris too, now, and ready to offer any help he can. However, the more Reggie learns, the more she must find out to fill in the missing pieces of this puzzle, and to protect herself from ever-increasing danger. Joshua lays a growing claim on her affection, even as disturbing information about him surfaces and undermines her trust.
Thandie Newton plays the recently married Regina, who returns home to her spacious Paris flat to break off with her husband, Charlie, an art dealer. She finds him gone and the apartment ransacked. When Charlie's corpse turns up and a pack of mysterious strangers pop around threatening Regina and asking questions about a treasure that he supposedly left behind, she's stunned. The truth about Charlie is that everybody knew more about him than she did. Regina's first hope is Joshua (Mark Wahlberg), a helpful American. But when even Joshua turns out not to be what he seemed, she has to turn to Bartholomew (Tim Robbins) at the American Embassy for help. This knockabout, moderately successful remake of the 1963 comic thriller "Charade" lacks the heartless, silken cool of the original. Most of the remake's allure comes from the sensual, butter-voiced Ms. Newton; with her, Jonathan Demme has found the 21st-century corollary to Audrey Hepburn. — Elvis Mitchell
2002-10-25 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of The Truth About Charlie