I’m trying to think of a precedent in which a sexually-oriented relationship dramedy not only costars but has been produced by the wife of a big-city mayor who’s also regarded as a comer on the national scene. The film is The Trouble With Romance, which opened yesterday at Manhattan’s Quad Cinema, and the producer-costar is Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom.
The trailer tells us Mrs. Newsom plays a scene in champagne-colored underwear, and that it apparently has to do with her being the recipient of…well, watch the trailer. Hey, it’s okay with me. It just struck me as a bit unusual given that she’s the wife of a sitting big-city mayor, and …whatever, conventional expectations of modesty and decorum and all that.
In her N.Y. Times review that went up yesterday, Jeannette Catsoulis called The Trouble With Romance an “airless, fragmented feature [that's] visually stagnant and tonally bewildered.” She didn’t comment on Newsom’s performance.