In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (Malin Akerman).
Review: This movie had a couple of funny moments but most of it was pretty boring. The film is about a woman called Carol (Blythe Danner), who is a lonely widow, who doesn't have anything exciting happening in her life, so from an entertainment point of view, the storyline was going nowhere fast. She becomes friends with her local pool cleaner and she has a group of friends who she sees occasionally, in her retirement area but apart from that, she hasn't really got any excitement in her life. After losing her dog at the beginning of the movie, she drifts through life, with her daughter living miles away and a group of friends which she has a laugh with every now and again but when she meets Bill, who is a no fuss, straight talking type of guy, she soon falls for his charms and they begin a relationship with each other. After some unfortunate circumstances, she ends up alone again and decides to buy another dog and plans a trip with her close friends. THE END! I was hoping that something major was going to happen throughout the movie, but nothing really does. The acting was good from the whole cast but I personally would have chosen someone else to play the lead. Sam Elliott played his cool character really well and the scenes with Carol and her friends were quite amusing but the film still felt like there was something missing. It's still a watchable movie which is quite emotional in parts but there just wasn't enough material to keep the movie interesting. Average!
Round-Up: Blythe Danner, 73, is the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow and has been acting since the late 60's. She is mostly known for playing Robert DeNiro's wife in the Meet The Fockers franchise and she has starred in over 100 movie and TV series so she is an established actress who has a been in the game for years. Personally, I find her acting a bit too safe and she doesn't have much screen charisma but she was the perfect choice for the Fockers franchise as she wasn't playing the lead. Anyway, this film was written and directed by Brett Haley, who has made quite a few shorts and a movie called The New Year in 2010 but this is his first major release. He done a good job in terms of bringing the emotional side of an inverted person across, and the comedy content wasn't bad but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $7.5million
I recommend this movie to people who are into their comedy/dramas starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, Aarti Mann and Ashley Spillers. 3/10
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