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An unfulfilled divorced woman gets the chance to relive her past when she meets a young man who appears to be her high school sweetheart who died many years before.

Director:

Dylan Kidd

Writers:

Helen Schulman (novel), Helen Schulman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laura Linney ... Louise Harrington
Gabriel Byrne ... Peter Harrington
Lois Smith ... Ellie Silverstein
Paul Rudd ... Sammy Silverstein
Topher Grace ... F. Scott Feinstadt
Jennifer Carta ... Work Study
Becki Newton ... Rebecca
Chris Meyer ... Ricky
Marcia Gay Harden ... Missy Goldberg
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ross A. McIntyre Ross A. McIntyre ... F. Scott's Neighbor (unconfirmed)
Susan Porro ... Waitress (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Louise Harrington, a divorced, thirty-something admissions officer at Columbia University's School of Fine Arts is intelligent, pretty, and successful, yet unfulfilled. That is, until a graduate school application crosses her desk and she arranges to interview the young painter. When F. Scott Feinstadt appears, he bears an uncanny resemblance to Louise's high school boyfriend and one true love, an artist who died in a car accident twenty years earlier. Within hours of the interview, Louise and Scott have embarked on a passionately uninhibited older woman/younger man affair. But is Scott just a reminder of Louise's lost love? And is Scott just trying to wheedle his way into the Ivy League? Adding to the romantic complications is competition from Louise's best friend from high school, Missy, who shows up to claim the affections of the boy; Louise's co-dependent ex-husband Peter; her cynical mother and fresh-out-of-rehab brother. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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What would you do for a second chance?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2005 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

P.S. - Liebe auf Anfang See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,710, 17 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,408, 28 November 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The artwork by the character F. Scott is by the artist Bryan LeBoeuf. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Harrington: I can hear you.
Louise Harrington: Hear what?
Peter Harrington: Counting the calories.
Louise Harrington: Fuck off.
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The 4A
Written by Ron Fountenberry
Performed by The Incredible Moses Leroy
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fantastic and complex, moving and funny
7 October 2004 | by sashalouSee all my reviews

all the elements - casting, acting, lighting, sound, photography, costumes, locations, writing, you name it, really come together in this Dylan Kidd film.

the writing in particular and the story from the novel tell a nuanced, complex yet not overly layered movie. the acting is simply superb - laura linney wows again with her completely truthful and complete portrayal, and topher surprisingly handles drama as well as comedy and everything in between. Gabriel Byrne, Paul Rudd and the actress playing the mother (sorry, can't remember her name but she's perfectly cast!) all are excellent. Marcia gay harden's character draws you in - watching her abhorrent sad character is like not being able to turn away from the plastic surgery reality shows - awful but fascinating!

i really enjoyed this film - there are some confusing moments, but i surrendered myself to the story, trusting that it would unfold in time and it did. hopefully laura linney will get the Oscar nod that she deserves, instead of another star doing mediocre 'already seen that' work.


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