Ben Gold gets the break of his life as aspiring author, but must stay home with his kids, Luke and Madison, to make his 5 months deadline. His feminist wife, workaholic fashion executive ... See full summary »
Ben Gold gets the break of his life as aspiring author, but must stay home with his kids, Luke and Madison, to make his 5 months deadline. His feminist wife, workaholic fashion executive Alex, selfishly decides to take in promising rebel designer Zoe Miller, who left her boyfriend Trey. The teenager soon wins the family's hearts. Written by
Cute, funny at times, shows frustration in holding marriage together
Alex has been married for 16 years to Ben. They have two children--Madison, who thinks her mom can't possibly be cool, and Luke, her younger brother. Alex works in management for a family-owned clothing manufacturer. She will now have to focus even more on her job, because Ben has quit his job to work on his book full-time.
Zoe is a cute and very attractive 24-year-old employee of Alex's business. She has been stealing from the company, but her boss is very understanding and will give Zoe a second chance. Meanwhile, Zoe's boyfriend has provocative pictures of another woman in his computer, and although he claims to care more for Zoe than the other girl, Zoe leaves him and, with her mom in rehab, ends up living in her car. Alex feels bad for her and lets her stay with her family. Big mistake: Ben works at home and he's feeling neglected by Alex. By the way, one of Alex's male co-workers is upset over his recent breakup.
The movie starts out almost as a comedy. Certainly there are plenty of comic moments early on. Joanna Douglas is so adorable as Zoe, but also quite vulnerable. Daryl Hannah still looks quite good; shame on her husband for looking at anyone else. She does a good job with the role. Her character has to go through a lot of frustration.
The predictable plot twists come too quickly, but there is good reason for that. The second half of the movie has developments that make this a little more than what might have been expected.
Theresa Joy, as the "other woman" in Zoe's life, is so hateful and has such a potty mouth, and yet somehow you have to like her, in the way people liked Alexis Colby. That has to reflect on her acting ability, especially since she's not around that much.
Deborah Odell, as Ben's "boss", looks like Kathie Lee Gifford and presents a pleasant front, sort of like someone in public relations. But she has a cold and uncaring side when Ben can't deliver his book as quickly as she wants. She's not completely evil, though.
Some sexual content is to be expected, but this is a TV-movie. I seem to recall seeing that it was edited and seeing some evidence of this, though.
I liked it.
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