A guy fed up with his job and married to a cheating wife reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen.


Melisa Wallack
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Bill
Jessica Alba ... Lucy
Elizabeth Banks ... Jess
Logan Lerman ... The Kid
Holmes Osborne ... Mr. Jacoby
Todd Louiso ... John Jr.
Timothy Olyphant ... Chip Johnson
Reed Diamond ... Paul
Kristen Wiig ... Jane Whittman
Jason Sudeikis ... Jim Whittman
Andy Zou Andy Zou ... Donald Choo
Ana Mackenzie ... Sarah Sheldon (as Ana Lucasey)
Constance Barron ... Mrs. Jacoby
Conor O'Farrell ... Principal
Julia Pace Mitchell ... Dana


Bill is unhappy: he has married a banker's daughter and has a dead end job at the bank; his wife Jess is tied to daddy's wallet; and, Bill is developing a gut from lack of exercise and constantly eating candy bars. He dreams of buying a donut franchise to be independent of Jess's dad. Bill is roped into a mentoring program at his old prep school, assigned a smart-mouthed kid who pops up when least expected. When Jess starts an affair with Chip, a local TV personality and vain Rob Lowe look-alike, it sends Bill, the kid, and a young sales clerk from a lingerie shop on a quest to win back Jess and get the donuts. What about self-respect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about someone you know.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and sex-related material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Also known as Starting Over. See more »


In the scene where John Sr., John Jr and Bill are talking to the French people and John Jr is translating, he makes translation errors. "Son-in-law" is not "faux bil", it's "beau fils" (pronounced Bow Fee-s). See more »


The Kid: Where are you going?
Bill: I don't know, but I'm excited to find out.
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References The Blob (1958) See more »


The Brightest Light
Performed by Uncollected
Written by Tyler Oliver
Courtesy of Tyler Oliver
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Watch this movie before you go to bed. Or, before you go to work.
1 September 2008 | by FreddaSee all my reviews

Funny thing. Two minutes into the movie, I thought: "American Beauty Light". After the movie I visit IMDb and the first comment that pops up is titled "American Beauty Light". And I actually believe it sums up the movie. Or rather: American Beauty Light with Humor.

I think I really enjoyed this movie, and like many have commented before me, Aaron Eckhart really does a good job as Bill. After recently having seen The Dark Knight and now this movie, I'm really starting to get a feeling this Eckhart guy is gonna make it big. He kind of rules. He looks like an actor and his voice is trustworthy. I have no clue as to why I'm writing this comment, other than the fact that I wish to express my deepest respect for Mr. Eckhart and also I think people should check out this movie when they get a chance.

So, bottom line: check it out. Please do.

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Release Date:

18 June 2008 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet Bill See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Albans, Missouri, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,201, 6 April 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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