The food writers Jane and Michael Stern have been married for thirty-three years, they love each other, but Jane is feeling insecure, depressed and with phobia, while Michael has been sober for three years. Jane decides to change her life getting her fears out of her head, and is encouraged by Michael to join the training of E.M.T. in the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department. Nobody believes in the clumsy Jane, but she concludes the training period and applies to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and gets her certificate. She begins to work to Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, affecting her personal life and the long relationship with Michael.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jane Stern, whose autobiographical book was the basis for this movie, was born "Jane Grossman" before marrying fellow food writer Michael Stern and changing her last name to "Stern." Robin Thomas, who plays Michael Stern in this movie, was born "Robin Thomas Grossman" before dropping the "Grossman" for professional reasons. See more »
This movie really spoke to me about fear and change and how they can affect our lives. There is a classic line in the movie about fear. I have quoted it, not word for word, on various occasions. "Fear is like a hologram. It seems full of substance and depth until you move through it and discover it is an illusion." What a line! The entire movie was about changing and redefining and adding dimensions to life in spite of fear. Kathy Bates was a perfect person to put in that part because she is easy to relate to as an everyday ordinary person who wants to feel needed and validated. The comedy and human drama was just the right mix without being slapstick or maudlin. Kathy and Robin do a great job convincing us of the love and fear in their relationship. Watching them grow and discover themselves was really a treat.
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