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Tate Taylor's "The Girl on the Train" may be technically set in the Westchester suburb of Ardsley-on-Hudson, but its cocktail of commuter trains, marital infidelity and alcoholism make its proper setting Cheever Country.It's adapted from Paula Hawkins' popular London-set novel, the success of which was predicated on comparisons to Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl," a trio of unreliable narrators – Rachel, the bitter divorcee (Emily Blunt), the sexy "other woman" Megan (Haley Bennett) and Anna, the unwitting wife (Rebecca Ferguson) – and the way it cleverly untwisted female cliches of domestic life.Blunt can't quite pull off the famously difficult task of believably playing drunk. Her slurred words and blotchy face are overdone but it's her steely presence that gives "The Girl on the Train" the veneer of a film better than it is. Taylor's film merely shifts awkwardly from one trope to another, like an uncertain passenger changing trains.
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