Ben Kalman is aging: he has heart problems, his marriage is over, he's lost a fortune after being caught cutting corners in his East Coast car business, and he's sleeping with as many women as possible - the younger the better. He's chosen his current girlfriend, Jordan, because her father can help him get a new auto dealership; she's asked him to escort her daughter, Allyson, 18, on a visit to a Boston college campus. He behaves badly, and there are consequences to his love life, his finances, and his relationship with his daughter and grandson. Is there anywhere he can turn? Written by
You got your little jokes, you know, the Spanish thing, interests are the same, and the studying. But, um, are you getting it, you know, where it counts?
Oh, Ben. Cheston thinks you care about him.
This has nothing to do with him. He's never gonna know about this. Never.
Aren't you a little old for all this?
You're still standing here, aren't you?
Yeah, 'cause I'm contemplating throwing this drink in your face. But I'm not going to, because I don't want Cheston to know what you just tried. So ...
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It's been a long time since I've walked out of a movie but I just could not keep watching a character I cared nothing about. You don't have to like movie characters but there has to be some sort of character development for me to feel invested in the person and his or her situation. I thought the impetus for Michael Douglas' downward spiral (his possible heart problem) was contrived and just didn't make sense. It became too painful to sit there when I just didn't care if he lived or died or killed himself or somebody else killed him. He wasn't even particularly evil - just banal. Save your time and money for something better!
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