In Manhattan, 10-year-old Gabe finds his first love when he meets his former kindergarten mate, eleven-year-old Rosemary, in his karate classes. Confused with his new feelings and with the divorce process of his beloved parents, Leslie and Adam, he experiences the delightful unknown sensation of being in love for the first time.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In the first version of the script (which would be the one written and then thrown out during the 8 weeks of conceiving and writing the spec script) Gabe's parents Adam and Leslie ended up not being together (1:24:55 in the DVD commentary). But the two directors/writers decided they should get back together at the ending of the movie. Despite Adam and Leslie who were being reunited with each other they never actually told Gabe what ever happened to Ronny (Leslie's date) and Rosemary never knew Gabe's parents got back together. Mark Levin mentions (at 1:23:55 in the DVD commentary) that the ending that reveals the parents as their young selves "was always a part of the original conception." It hints at reconciliation without dictating the future. It doesn't say what Leslie tells Gabe about Ronny, nor what is or isn't told to Rosemary. Loose ends are left for viewers to imagine or for a sequel to show. A slightly different version of the ending was shot where the actors portraying the older parents replaced the shots of the younger "parents" in case the shots with the younger parents didn't work to suggest a rekindling of young emotions. At 0:39:32 in the DVD commentary, Mark Levin says that only very minor revisions were made in the spec script during the making of the movie. See more »
Gabe claims that he didn't know anyone else but Rosemary on his first day of Karate class. But later when he gets partnered with David Betanahu he comments on how David has had a mustache since nursery school. And the photo shown of young David is the exact same class photo that included young Gabe and young Rosemary. Since you can spot David among the others in the first day of karate class, it can't be argued that David joined later. See more »
For those of you out there less experienced that me let me tell you something about girls. They're basically gross. See this is pretty much black and white from where i'm standing. Used to be back in the day maybe first or second grade popular wisdom was they give you cooties.
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