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The romantic comedy follows a misogynistic children's book author who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mother in Bookstore
Cassidy's Mom
Robin (as Chris Fitzgerald)
Mandy the Waitress
Man at Lucy's
Christopher Grey Misa ...
Abused Kid (as Chris Misa)


Henry Roth: obsessive-compulsive, somewhat misanthropic, a writer of children's books. His illustrator and only friend, Rudy, dies after a fabulously successful collaboration on "Marty, the Beaver." Henry is under contract to produce another Marty book for Christmas sales. His publisher, Arthur Planck, assigns penniless, lovelorn illustrator Lucy Reilly to work with Henry. She's sought by her ex-boyfriend Jeremy, who dumped her two years ago but shows up apologetic, having dedicated his new book to her. She and Henry go to a house on the shore to work. Will love bloom amid the rocks, or is Henry a bump on Lucy's road to Jeremy? Rudy's voice, from the grave, gives Henry counsel. Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


With each moment we write our story


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2008 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Afosiosi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,832 (USA) (24 August 2007)


$91,169 (USA) (5 October 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mia Farrow and Bob Balaban were originally set to play the roles of Dianne Wiest and Tom Wilkinson's. See more »


Henry: You'll be fine. We'll both be fine Rudy.
Rudy Holt: That's life Henry.
Henry: Yep.
Rudy Holt: You know what life is?
Henry: Life is a horrible little giggle in the midst of a forced death march towards hell.
Rudy Holt: No it isn't.
Henry: An interminable wale of grief...
Rudy Holt: No. Life is a single skip for joy.
Henry: I know.
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Crazy Credits

"No corporations were harmed in the making of this movie" See more »


References Daikaijû Gamera (1965) See more »


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Written by John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, and Greg Saunier
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A Fantastic Debut
29 March 2008 | by (Mumbai, India) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie and thought I should pen down my thoughts. I would like to add a few disclaimers before recommending it.

For viewers who expect a romantic comedy, this is not your average rom-com genre movie. And for avid movie buffs, this ain't the first attempt of its kind either. This has shades of Trust (1990), Music and Lyrics (2007), As Good as it Gets (1997) and a few others.

But the familiarity worked for me. Also, not knowing what the movie was about did work for me too.

Watch this if you want a romance with quirky and intelligent characterization. Considering, it is both the writer's and the director's debut feature film, it is fantastic.

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