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Patti Petalson (Blair) struggles with the pressure of becoming the next important American writer.

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Edward Burns

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Edward Burns
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Arnold Annette Arnold ... Annette - Bookstore Fan
Max Baker ... Mark - Nature Writer
Selma Blair ... Patti Petalson
James Biberi ... Elevator Operator
Edward Burns ... Michael Murphy
Dara Coleman ... Silent Movie Actor
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Murph's Hampton's Fling
Dennis Farina ... Glen Gilmore
Spencer Fox Spencer Fox ... High School Kid #2
Heather Goldenhersh ... Sassy Party-Goer
Bill Hader ... Bill - Bookstore Fan
Sarah Hudnut Brody ... Scare-a Sara (as Sarah Hudnut)
Peter Jacobson ... Monroe
Donal Logue ... Chazz Coleman
Debra Messing ... Kate Scott
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In New York City, thirty-three year old Patti Petalson is unhappy with her life. Her passion is literature, she having published one book of short stories ten years ago, but not having written anything since. Instead to earn a living, she sells real estate, a job and for a boss she hates. And although unspoken, she hates her husband, self-absorbed restaurateur Chazz Coleman, who doesn't listen to her and does whatever he wants regardless of her. While out for dinner, Patti and her BFF, schoolteacher Kate Scott, run into Brian Callahan and Michael Murphy, who were once Patti and Kate's respective boyfriends, the four who used to do everything together while they were in college, with both relationships ending twelve years ago as they were graduating. Kate has never forgiven self-described lowbrow Murph, now a successful lawyer despite his lack of academic smarts, for what she believed was a sexual indiscretion, while Murph outwardly just wants the opportunity to apologize. However, ... Written by Huggo

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A second chance for a first love.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2009 (Mexico) See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Michael Murphy: There are no second acts.
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Self involved thirty somethings in relationships that defy interest or explanation.
12 September 2008 | by jodefienSee all my reviews

I kept expecting to care about the characters in this film at some point, but realized after 45 minutes that mostly I disliked each and every one of them. If this is an inside view of NY's thirty something elite I wonder why more buildings don't voluntarily fall on the city to rid it of it's self indulgent and invariably uninteresting population.

Of the four leads, Debra Messing was the only one to make the slightest sense and she was as two dimensional as a paper doll. Selma Balir did a credible job with her character, since the character seems to be as bored as she is boring. The men were all caricatures of various types, but none were in the slightest individuals to be sympathized with, and I can only hope that there were few who could relate to them in any way. I was bored. BORED! BORED! BORED! I recommend you look discreetly aside at the video store and opt for a documentary on paint drying. Or, if you are feeling particularly in need of self punishment. go to the kitchen and stick a fork in your eye.


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