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Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | January 2007 (USA)
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An ambitious graduate student convinces a writer that her thesis can resurrect his career.



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John C. Havens ...
Jeff the Doorman


Against the backdrop of Manhattan's changing literary and publishing world, aging novelist Leonard Schiller is asked by Heather Wolfe, a graduate student and budding literary critic, to agree to interviews. He's reluctant to spend the time: his health is failing and he wants to finish one more book. Also he's worried about his daughter, Ariel, who's approaching 40, underemployed, single and wanting a child. But he agrees, hoping Heather can help resurrect interest in his work. As Heather probes Frank's writing and his past, Ariel reconnects to a former lover. Emotions can be raw and messy, and as relationships change, who gets the better part of the bargain? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Начиная вечером  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,214, 24 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$902,115, 29 June 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Stu Richel played the husband of Jill Eikenberry in a scene with her former lover, played by Frank Langella. The Jill-Frank relationship was thought not to be "central to the spine of the story" and was dropped in the final cut. See more »


When Ariel wears her t-shirt in close-up shots, her necklace switches back and forth between hanging outside the shirt and mostly hidden under the shirt. See more »


Heather Wolfe: Men my age are like chewing gum; ten minutes of flavor, and then just bland repetition.
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References The Battle of Algiers (1966) See more »


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Written by M.B. Gordy (as MB Gordy)
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A little pompous at first, but very good overall
23 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

At the risk of sounding cliché', this movie is not for everyone. It moves a bit slowly in the beginning, and assumes a few things about its audience. But the overall feel of the movie, and the message that it communicates is very endearing.

Frank Langella is amazing as always, and perfectly captures what it's like to be a writer. His character is a true gentleman. He drinks tea, stands when a lady enters or leaves the room, and speaks honestly but with a polite tact when it's called for. It was really a nice thing to see.

Lili Taylor was hard to get a feel for. I just couldn't connect with her character. Probably because she was turning 40 and trying to have a kid. But her relationship with Adrian Lester was very genuine. They had a great chemistry that really played on the heart-strings.

Lauren Ambrose was a little quirky. The chemistry between her and Frank seemed too forced to me, and not because of the age difference. The only way I can describe it is by invoking the imagery of the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object.

But as I said, overall, the film is beautiful. The characters are richly developed, the music is beautiful, and the story really pulls you in as it unfolds. I wasn't quite sure how to feel about it, initially. But the more I watched, my love for the film gained momentum and really started to grow.

I would recommend this movie for readers, writers, and anyone who enjoys a good drama.

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