Wednesday, December 23, 2009


By D.E.Levine

Director: Nancy Meyers
Writers: Nancy Meyers
Producers: Nancy Meyers and Scott Rudin
Executive Producers: Suzanne McNeill Farwell and Iione Herzberg
Cast: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, Alexandra Wentworth, Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Emjay Anthony, Nora Dunn, Bruce Altman, Robert Curtis Brown et al.
Original Music: Heitor Pereira and Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 118 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Languge: English
Genre: Comedy, Romance

A feel good film that probably won't take awards, this is a charming look at actors portraying characters who appear to be real people leading real (upper class) lives. Since it's primary cast is over 45 it's sure to attract a following in that age group.

The story of a divorced Santa Barbara couple Jake and Jane Adler(divorced 10 years) with three children who found a way to be friendly because of the kids, they share a dinner while attending their son's college graduation and wind up in bed together.

Once back in Santa Barbara Jake pursues Jane relentlessly, although she's attracted to and trying to develop a relationship with an uptight architect who's remodeling her home.

Since Jake had strayed during the original marriage and wound up marrying his younger girlfriend (with whom he's now trying to have a baby), Jane finds herself in the role of the other woman and she's thoroughly enjoying it.

Suddenly, after being involuntarily celibate for a long period of time, Jane has two men in her life. While she confines all to her girlfriends, she doesn't tell her son, two daughters and one daughter's fiancee.

When the fiancee finds out by seeing both Jake and Jane at a hotel while lunching with his intended, he keeps silent and does it best to cover for the couple.

While Streep and Baldwin have tremendous onscreen chemistry the film is cute but not great, amusing but not really funny, and falls short in the end.