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.
Mike works at his parents' motel in Kingman, population 27,000, on old Route 66. Sue sells art for a Baltimore firm to corporations for office walls. He takes one look at her from behind as she registers at the motel and determines to connect. He's sweet, but hapless, with no ambition other than spending time with her. She's enigmatic - rarely smiling, occasionally impulsive, committed to helping homeless people, feeling the clock tick after a breakup with a boyfriend who could have provided security. Is there any way he stands a chance with her? What can he offer? Written by
really good film with maybe the worst trailer, ever.
the trailer led me to believe this would be a 'charming stalker' movie, and that's about it. but the story and characters are deeper and richer than that, their motivations are realized beautifully, and the conclusion, if not real-life, makes sense. remember the ending of 'annie hall' and Woody Allen's explanation for why we create works of art. so, this isn't, y'know, 'rules of the game' or anything, but it's nice to see Jennifer Aniston playing a real, live person, lonely, uptight, scared, and aspiring to be a good person. Steve Zahn has a hard job, making his character likable and a reasonable facsimile of a guy desperately in love, but without much grounding in why he's stuck on this woman, except it's sort of the closest thing he's got to having a shot, however remote and unattainable. the soundtrack features great songs, well- placed, from the new pornographers, and the supporting cast is really strong. not a Woody Harrelson fan, and he's a bit of a cartoon here, but the script covers him and as unlikely as it seems every step of the way, it works as a journey of two good, lonely people learning to lean on each other and taking risks that have no guarantees. in spite of having lots of opportunities to totally go off the tracks, the filmmakers manage to make it work start to finish.
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