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What Happens Next (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 7 February 2012 (USA)
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Paul, a closeted and self-unaware CEO in his 50's, retires and begins falling for a younger man half his age whom he meets in a dog park.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly S. Fairbanks ...
Claire
Ariel Shafir ...
Brian
James Duke Mason ...
Zack
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Ruthie
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Harry
Michael Blaustein ...
Robbie the Hairdresser
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Chip
Christina Broccolini ...
Sam
Bruce Campbell ...
Hot Park Guy
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Gloria
Benjamin T. Cook ...
Young Andy
Jason L. Courson ...
Jason the Florist
Justin Destefano ...
Evan
Anthony Forte ...
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Albert
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At age 55, Philadelphia CEO Paul Grecco decides to make changes in his life, including the sale of his company, and that terrifies him. He was right to be terrified, because the new owners force him to retire early. His sister, Elise decides that the best things for him is a puppy she has gotten him, and dating the women that Elise sets Paul up with. It's funny though, but Paul finds himself disinterested in the women Elise fixes him up with, and oddly fascinated by a young man he meets while walking his new puppy in the park across from his condo. Paul has never really thought about dating or sex before, with anyone, so now what should he do? Written by trivwhiz

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ceo | park | puppy | dog | matchmaking | See All (105) »

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You can't have it all.....or can you?

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Comedy | Romance

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7 February 2012 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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There are several references to Parents, Families (& Friends) of Lesbians and Gays or P.F.L.A.G (PFLAG), a real international support and advocacy organization for families and friends dealing with and being supportive of gay relatives and friends. See more »

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Paul: [voiceover] My day starts at 6:30 AM. I don't need an alarm clock. I wake up every day and dress for my role as CEO. That means fifty tailored suits at all times. Right now I have fifty-four. Dress shirts - very important: one-twenty-eight; crisp white - always best; an occasional pale yellow or blue. Now, a tie says everything about a man. Silk. Ties should only be silk: eighty stripes; a dozen solids. Oh, and one rogue paisley my sister bought me in Palm Beach - probably hammered ...
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Love Story
Written & Produced by Nadia Ali, Ossama Al Sarraf (as Ossama Al Sarraf [Sultan]) , Ned Shepard
Keyboards: Ned Shepard
Guitar: Ossama Al Sarraf (as Ossama Al Sarraf [Sultan])
Published by Smile in Bed Publishing, Inc. (BMI), Copyright Control
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., Ossama Al Sarraf (Socan) & Ned Shepard (Socan)
As performed by Nadia Ali
©(p) 2009 Smile in Bed, LLC. Courtesy of Smile in Bed, LLC.
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6 March 2015 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Wendy Malick, who plays Elise (and for some reason I can't see credited in the cast list above … maybe she didn't want her name associated with this movie??) was about the only central character in this film who was believable, although at times even she seemed to be overplaying her role.

Paul is in his fifties and has no inkling that he's gay. Right. He's been a successful businessman who just sold his business and is a bit at a loss as to what he's going to do now that he's retired. He meets Andy, who is in his twenties, in the park. Andy strikes up a conversation with Paul. Paul acts like this is the first person he's ever met. He's unable to respond to even the simplest questions without long pauses. I mean does it really take 15 seconds for a successful businessman to come up with a response to, "ok if I sit here?" and other things normal people can react to without a thought? And the twenty year old Andy falls in love with the 55 year old Paul who can't seem to carry on the simplest conversation, seems to be really uptight & uncomfortable about anything gay, is nearly twice his age and Andy isn't even sure Paul is gay … right.

The characters, their interactions, the dialogue and the inconsistencies in their behavior are all difficult to believe. What happens next or in this case what happens at the end of the movie, is a bit difficult to swallow as well.

Some funny moments … the dogs are cute … but I spent most of the movie feeling uncomfortable about it all and, what I assume was supposed to be a happy ending didn't relieve this discomfort.


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