Synopsis: While in town for his daughter’s wedding a workaholic is given a second chance at family and love.
Release Date: December 26, 2008 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Romance, Drama
This movie is not only a touching love story of two people who have given up on finding love again but also a heartfelt story about family and the ways in which we can mend that which we thought had been broken. It is full of sentiment and laughter, and will leave you believing that all is possible, no matter what stage of life you find yourself in.
The script is a great mesh of comedy and drama. It has a subtle comedic flare with jokes throughout that are well thought out and intelligent. There is a quick wit to the dialogue and a realness to the way people communicate with each other. The characters are developed nicely and given ample space to grow and change as the story moves forward. Overall it is a delight to listen to the characters speak, in their own distinct voices, as they carry the movie along.
Dustin Hoffman (Harvey Shine) is a marvel. He is spot on with his awkwardness when around his family, his ex-wife especially, and you can sense the “odd man out” feelings he has through his gestures and movements throughout the scenes. He also perfectly enacts the comedy, both physical and through the dialogue, with ease. You find yourself thoroughly enjoying this character and wanting to see what else Hoffman will bring to the table through him as the film progresses.
The character of Kate Walker, played by Emma Thompson, is just as much a pleasure to watch. She exemplifies Kate’s loneliness and fear of getting close to people with absolute subtlety. Not to mention the look she gives the phone every time it rings, knowing it is her mother, that will leave you laughing at the pure annoyance she feels while at the same time knowing her need for that connection.
Hoffman and Thompson on screen together are great fun. They have such different personalities in the films as these characters but they each bring out something in the other that they are lacking. Whether it is the ability to start over, to forgive, to love, or to simply let go and enjoy the moment, they are charming to watch and root for throughout.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Joel Hopkins
- Producer(s): Joel HopkinsDustin Hoffman (Harvey Shine)
- Screenwriter(s): Emma Thompson (Kate Walker)Eileen Atkins (Maggie Walker)Kathy Baker (Jean)
- Story: Liane Balaban (Susan)
- Cast: James Brolin (Brian) Robin SalesJohn de Borman
- Cinematographer: Dickon Hinchliffe
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- Music Score: Available on Lakeshore Records
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- Country Of Origin: USAUnited Kingdom