Oren Little has turned his back on all his neighbors and shunned the notion of being kind to others after the death of his wife. Next door neighbor Leah has put her soul, and her tears, into her stagnant singing career after the death of her husband. But then Oren's son shows up needing Oren to take care of his daughter Sarah. Oren has no patience for children, Leah never had any of her own, but 9-year-old Sarah just might be the spark that allows these two lonely souls to turn their home into a Little Shangri-La. Written by
This movie stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. There is another actor named Michael Douglas who decided, early in his career, to take Diane Keaton's last name as part of his stage name, becoming Michael Keaton and distinguishing himself from the already-established son of Kirk Douglas. See more »
Near the beginning of the film, Oren Little gets a paint-ball gun from the boot of his car and shoots at a dog but he canister that holds the paint-balls is missing from the gun. See more »
Mummy, the doggy and the bear are dancing.
Like you and daddy.
[the dog is humping the teddy bear]
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I have enjoyed Keaton and Douglas for years - I'm not that far behind them in the birthdays I've celebrated. And this movie is no exception. My wife and I found wonderful texture in the use of minor plot points to enhance the larger story. For instance - the stray dog which at first is disliked and then accepted...the metaphor of caterpillar and butterfly. It was all very nicely done in a story that evolved at a leisurely pace and with the layers one would expect in a life. As person expecting to see fewer years than I have already seen I appreciate films that reflect some of what I have experienced - and some of which I wish I had experienced. Movies such as these remind us, also, of the value of looking ahead to what life can hold no matter the number of years that have crinkled your brows.
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