In its heyday, the Lorraine Hotel saw its fair share of guests, laughter and good times. But now that the aging inn is well past its prime, owner Lillian Garber must decide whether to repair the Catskills landmark - or sell to developers. As Lillian and her zany staff enjoy what may be the Lorraine's best- and last-summer season, they realize that not even a wrecking ball can demolish life's sweetest treasures. A slice-of-life comedy about old friendships, new romance, and letting go of the past.Written by
Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
During the scene where the kids are all sitting in the bedroom talking, when Molly describes a "boondocker", Bobby sets the end of a "cheese doodle" snack aflame. The second time you see him holding the snack, the amount that has burned has actually decreased, and the flame is smaller. He would have had to pick up and light a second piece, but you see no indication of this. See more »
A relatively quiet and simple movie, but in a good way that leaves the viewer with a nice, somewhat melancholic wistfulness.
The movie excellently captures the world it portrays (one summer holiday season with the owner, staff and guests of a Catskill hotel that has seen better days). As others have noted, Maureen Stapleton makes the movie worthwhile on her own, and it's a special pleasure for anyone who has an appreciation for the history of such resort hotels, and the role they played giving many entertainers a start in "the old days."
The Nat King Cole song of the same title captures in song much of what the movie captures on film.
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