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Midnight in Paris out October 7 – The Rise of Rachel McAdams

06 October 2011

Midnight in Paris is a romantic comedy about a family staying in the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own could be better.

Even for people who have never been to Paris, the name of the city is more than a metaphor for magic—it’s almost a synonym. Certainly there’s no better place on earth that Woody Allen could have chosen for his new romantic comedy than Paris. It is a city with a unique mythology and heritage, celebrated for the extraordinary beauty of its streets, boulevards and gardens, as well as the splendor found inside so many of the greatest museums in the world. The resonance of its history, from major political and cultural events to the aura of its legendary restaurants and cafes, is felt everywhere. The past endures and shines brightly in Paris, which makes it well-suited for a story of a man reinvigorating his feelings and finding inspiration to reflect on his life.

To celebrate the release of Midnight in Paris, in cinemas nationwide on Friday 7th October, we take a look at the rise of Rachel McAdams...

Mean Girls – 2004

All expectations of teen comedy-dramas are thrown out of the window in this film... Mean Girls describes how female high school social groups work and the effect these can have on teenage girls. Rachel McAdams stars as Regina George, the leader of the Plastics whose ultimate goal is to rule the school and make the life of the new girl (Lindsay Lohan) a living hell!

The Notebook – 2004

In this tearjerker, Rachel McAdams depicts a rich young woman who falls in love with a poor and passionate young man (Ryan Gosling). However, they are soon separated by their social differences and become distant memories. As time passes, McAdams finds herself in an unbearable position, should she stay with her fiancée or will love conquer all and reunite with her first love?

Red Eye – 2005

Rachel McAdams plays the young heroine who hates to fly but it isn’t the plane she needs to be scared of! In this airborne thriller, McAdams realises she is trapped on a red eye flight by a cunning terrorist (Cillian Murphy). It becomes clear he will kill her father if she doesn’t use her work contacts at a luxury resort to complete his assassination of a wealthy business man staying there.

The Family Stone – 2005

An uptight businesswoman (Sarah Jessica Parker) accompanies her boyfriend (Dermot Mulroney) to his eccentric family's annual Christmas celebration. Complicated love triangles and mixed feelings follow but Rachel McAdams brings humour as the Stone’s youngest member who takes an immediate dislike to Sarah Jessica Parker’s character.

The Time Traveller’s Wife – 2009

Rachel McAdams stars as Clare Abshire who first meets time traveller Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) in a Chicago library. The Time Traveller’s Wife explores their touching love story with the added complication of Henry’s time travelling gene; will their marriage survive the pressures of time?

Midnight in Paris – 2011

Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen’s valentine to the City of Light combining history, time-travelling, modernism and love for the French capital. The film is about a family staying in Paris for business, including a young engaged couple (Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson) who are forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own could be better.

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