A widower whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru, falls for the hotel florist where his seminar is given, only to learn that he hasn't yet truly confronted his wife's passing.
Gwen grows up with her romantic mother constantly telling her the story of her courtship and marriage to her father. Nick grows up with an alcoholic father who can't hold a job and whose family, as a result, is forced to move all the time. The two are shaped by this - Gwen a romantic and Nick withdrawn, unsure of himself - as they watch the hugely popular sixties sitcom, "One Big Happy Family." Years later, it is the star of that show, now a child actor gone bad with a history of detox and people always saying, "I thought she was dead," Francesca Lanfield, who connects the two of them, after years of near-misses and almost encounters. Gwen is hired to ghost-write Francesca's autobiography, while Nick, becoming her lover, is the architect who is to design a building on Francesca's property. When Gwen decides to crusade to save Francesca's building, she writes letters to the newspaper which catches Nick's attention - and wins his heart. Written by
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Vivid characters and there run-ins with love, irony, heartbreak,
While many would find this movie uneventful and drawn out, the genius of it comes from the solicitous character development, distinct wit, and gradual, realistic build-up to an ending that renews one's faith in destiny and fated love. The dynamic characters enthralled me with a story that shows very contrasting, but equally beautiful realities: the pain and joy of love. The movie broke my heart over the end of relationships that filled me with jealousy and nostalgia, and put it back together again with the triumph of what was "meant to be". Because of the enduring themes of both love and, more subtly but just as importantly, emotional growth, this movie has taken it's place in my mind and heart.
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